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May 7, 2014

Prayer

As impossible as it is for us to take a breath in the morning large enough to last us until noon, so impossible is it to pray in the morning in such a way as to last us until noon. Let your prayers ascend to Him constantly, audibly or silently, as circumstances throughout the day permit – O. Hallesby

Pray without ceasing – 1 Thessalonians 5:17

August 23, 2011

God is good

ALL THE TIME!!  I just wanted to say how thankful I am that God works and prayer works and God takes care of his children all the time.

Thank you Father for being so faithful and good and answering prayers. In Jesus’ name, I thank you. Amen.

Oh yeah, I get married in 17 days according to my fiance Heather. WOOHOO!!

May 14, 2011

Be Positive

I know life is hard for ALL of us everyday. No one can say life is easy or perfect. What would we learn if it was?  My thought is, learn to handle the pressure and deal with your daily issues.

Jesus said come to all you who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest. That’s because Jesus knows that daily life is hard and that if we pray and lift up our worries, issues and concerns that he will always be there for us and with us.

Remember you’re not alone and Jesus loves you and wants to help you out in any and every situation you have and/or are dealing with in life now and always.

Be Positive….Pray!

Blessings upon you.

October 19, 2010

To pray is

“Let prayer be the key of the morning and the bolt at night.”  Philip Henry

Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray – Psalm 55:17

 Thank you Father for hearing our prayers. Thank you for answered and unanswered prayers. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

June 17, 2010

Kyrgyzstan: Ethnic Violence, needs your prayers

This post is from a couple who have served God in Kyrgystan for the last 10 years or so and are missionaries to that region.  Right now there is serious ethnice cleansing and violence going on in Osh(the capitol) and the U.S. Government isn’t really doing much along with Russians.  Please pray for peace and for those who are there still helping and serving, (I have posted about them in the past as well). The email below is powerful!!

DEAR FRIENDS-  THERE IS AN AMERICAN KOREAN FAMILY THAT STAYED IN OSH.  THEY

ARE IN AN UZBEK NEIGHBORHOOD AND FELT LIKE IT WAS TOO DANGEROUS TO GET OUT

WHEN WE DID.  HOWEVER, I BELIEVE THEY ALSO FELT GOD’S LEADING TO STAY.  THIS

IS THEIR LATEST UPDATE.  IT IS AWESOME AND HOW GOOD IT IS TO HAVE SUCH

PEOPLE THERE.  KEEP THEM IN YOUR PRAYERS.  THEY HAVE 3 SMALL CHILDREN AND

S’S MOTHER-IN-LAW IS WITH THEM AS SHE WAS VISITING WHEN THIS HAPPENED.

WE ARE DOING FINE THIS MORNING, BUT STILL TIRED.  WE WILL ATTEND A

DEBRIEFING WITH OTHER FOREIGNERS ON SATURDAY.  THE SWISS HAD A DEBRIEFING

YESTERDAY WITH A PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR THAT THE SWISS EMBASSY PROVIDED.

THEY WERE ASKING IF THE U.S. EMBASSY HAD PROVIDED ANY SUCH THING!! LOL!!

G AND I HAVE BEEN SO BUSY ANSWERING OUR CELL PHONES AND TRYING TO TAKE

CARE OF NEEDS THAT WE HAVEN’T HAD A REAL CHANCE TO DO MUCH DEBRIEFING.

BLESSINGS, C

Dear Prayer Partners,

S Perspective: The situation still remains tense here. Around 4pm,

one of our neighbors was shot. I’m still trying to get the story

straight, but it seems that he was going to get his family from a part

of the city that was heavily damaged. For some reason, a Kyrgyz soldier

shot at the car from behind as it passed thru a checkpoint. I saw the

bullet holes in the back. Because we are barricaded in, there are no

doctors and so no one is sure how best to take care of him. Thankfully,

doctors are slowly starting to come into Osh. Now the question will be

how best to get the medical aid to those who need it the most.

As crowds gathered around the car and chaos ensued for about an hour, I

wondered how in the world could these two people groups ever live

together again. Despite this, life has turned into some weird sort of

normalcy. In our area, there is now a neutral zone with a check point

for one vehicle to go between our neighborhood and the center of the

city. You apparently must show your passport in order to go thru the

checkpoint. We’ve become our own little country. Within our

neighborhood, though, people can move around during the day with

relative freedom. In fact, for the first time in 5 days, I was able to

walk a little bit around our neighborhood.

I used the opportunity to meet with some other leaders in our area. They

are complaining that very little aid is reaching our neighborhood. And

what is coming in is fairly useless stuff like stale cookies and old

food. So the leaders and I were trying to come up with a plan and they

said that I would be the person who would get the humanitarian aid and

bring it into our area. I asked that I need an escort to do this and

they said that they could have 10 people go with me if needed. Heidi and

I have been in contact with different aid organizations – one being the

Red Cross and another local church based group. And hopefully tomorrow

(Thursday), we will have some aid brought in through these

organizations. Please pray for this to happen.

Our friends who are Bishkek have been doing a wonderful job of communicating

with various aid agencies to help them understand what is happening on

the ground. And I’ve been communicating information with our friends to

relay to the agencies. Praise God that this has been working out very well.

I also hope to get out to the main part of the city with a Kyrgyz pastor

who is on our staff at the chicken farm and take a look at the damage in

our city. Again, please pray for me to get out AND to be able to come

back in to our neighborhood. Pray for the right contacts with people at

the checkpoint.

During today’s quiet time, I was in Matthew 25. God spoke to me thru the

parable of the talents and thru the parable of the sheep and goats. I

had a strong sense that God wants to put us in charge of more things.

And then from the parables of the sheep and the goats, it’s clear that

we are to help the least of these. I saw this as yet another

confirmation that we are exactly where we are supposed to be, doing what

we are supposed to be doing.

As for our poultry business, it is running and operational. As soon as

the violence broke out, our Kyrgyz staff rushed to the farm and told any

suspicious looking people to go away. Some even asked if we had Uzbek

employees and they told them, “NO, now go away!” We actually do have a

Uzbek employees, and the Kyrgyz employees were protecting them in our

living quarters. I am so thankful for our staff. We are now making feed

again and moving chicks to our second house. Many people are depending

on us for feed. As long as OA continues to make feed, some eggs will be

available in Osh – which will be vitally important in the days ahead as

food is now so scarce. We are starting to run out of feed concentrate

and have to make an order very soon. Please pray for the transport to

take place soon and for us to get this order in time to keep making

high-quality feed.

Tomorrow is a big day so we need some major prayer coverage. A friend of

ours gave us Isaiah 54:13-17. We take hold of these verses and find

strength and courage through them.

Thanks for standing with us.

For His Kingdom to Come,

S

June 2, 2010

Prayer for this day

“Men would pray better if they lived better.  They would get more from God if they lived more obedient and well-pleasing to God”  –  E.M. Bounds

Now I’m not saying I’m perfect at all…but what does it mean to live ‘more obedient and well please to God’?  That’s a question we all need to ask ourselves.  I believe that we need Jesus and we are all going to fail and God knows this too.  The key and issue here is what are we going to do today to be better towards and for God?  I need to strive more to be that way!

With recent family circumstances/issues, it’s hard to say positive things about people all the time.  People are hurtful and not saying or expressing how I feel, represses feelings deep and I don’t want to do that because it’s not healthy.  So, I let them out and share these issues with friends and family and try to move on.  I release the pain and hurt and give it to God and get it off my chest.  I ask for forgiveness and get better and refocus. 

I don’t find it easy to live this life on a daily basis. 

I find it a struggle at many times.  Not so much of the life that I have, but the people who continually amaze me by their words and thoughts and comments and ways.  I don’t know why I get surprised by people still today after years of dealing with people.  You would think that it’s something that you get used to, but it’s not unfortunately.

Life is funny and deals you different problems all the time.  Sometimes the dealings aren’t so kind from words from family that hurt to the core!  You would think that people close to you would know you well enough not to say things that you know aren’t true, yet astoundingly, they hurt and these people are fogged by one thing or another.  Not sure what the fog happens to be but fog nonetheless.

Then a wonderful conversation occurs with another loved one and reaffirms the wonderful person you are and helps things seem better.

I persevere through it all because HE loves me and takes care of me and blesses me constantly! 

Thank you Father God almighty, that no matter what happens here on earth, you love me unconditionally. In Jesus’ name I thank you for that love Father.  Amen.

And whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him, because we keep His commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight. – 1 John 3:22

April 9, 2010

kyrgyzstan

Here’s a note from a C C for C Missionaries and others in that country, please pray for them:

As I write this evening, it has been a calm day in Osh.  G closed his office late morning as a precaution since they were gathering in Osh at the square (where the Whitehouse is located).  However, it was a peaceful takeover and the opposition urged folks not to take the same actions that were taken in Bishkek (looting, etc.).  So far, so good!!  I think tomorrow will be business as usual.

The following is what our Field Director wrote from Bishkek:  I added some comments in brackets.

“Bishkek is calm, the opposition has won here. Apparently they took over the national TV studio around 6 pm (that was why there was fighting at Kievskaya/Molodaya Gvardia). The government buildings fell much later.

What is not clear is the whereabouts of Bakiev, or whether there is anyone left in the country prepared to defend him (his own home area, for example).

Reports on akipress, however, suggest that the opposition has now assumed control–without opposition–in all the southern oblast capitals. A report on the Russian site of Radio Liberty (svobodanews.ru), however, said that as of 8:47 this morning, tens of thousands of armed supporters of Bakiev were on their way to Bishkek. That seems hard to believe, and I have not seen it confirmed elsewhere.

Our local office manager was at the central square in Bishkek around 9:30 this morning and reported there was still a crowd there. All is calm, he even suggested I should go and see. He had been inside the presidential office building, which the police stopped defending around 10:30 last night, and which he said had been completely ruined. People were still in there taking things, he said. I declined to visit the square–it is still wise to avoid crowds–though I did go out and look at the area between here and Beta Stores. Lots of people out, mostly heading to the square to see what happened and take some pictures.

At 9:35, the death count published on Akipress (for both Talas and Bishkek) was 68, with hundreds wounded. At the central square, an ambulance showed up while our office manager was there. They were looking for blood donors, saying the hospital had run out of blood . . .

The following information came from Kent at 10:30, who had been in touch with people in various places: I have modified it slightly, as it seems to me it will take a real act of God to prevent more looting tonight (I have not tried to update it, however). Do pray for peace and order! I find it a real answer to prayer that the battle for the north has happened so quickly, in only two days. Even one person is too many dead, but it could have been worse.

Summary
The north seems firmly in the hands of the opposition (Bishkek, Talas, Karakol, Naryn). In the South, Batken, Osh and Jalalabad are very quiet. [Osh and Jalalabad both are also in the hands of the opposition.] All Associates are safe and seem to be in no danger from the political troubles.

Details.
Government
Most people say that the former president Bakiev has gone to the south, but no-one really knows. The opposition have appointed Rosa Otunbaeva (former Ambassador to USA, and also at one point to UK, I believe, also a former Foreign Minister) as acting leader/president. They have also appointed people as interim ministers for several government departments. One important appointment was for someone to run the Ministry of Interior, which controls the police. This means that normal law and order on the streets may come back to normal sooner than in 2005. In general, during the day it should be OK to move around, but it will be safest to just stay at home. There may be more problems tonight. Therefore you should stay at home Thursday night. (This is for ALL Associates in all areas of Kyrgyzstan)

Bishkek
There were violent clashes between the opposition and police/army yesterday. Reports are at least 40 dead. The opposition took control of the White House about 1.00am this morning. As of 9.30am there were still people looting in the White House. There was some looting last night, but not as bad as 2005. Some houses belonging to Bakiev family and government people were burnt. There was some shooting until about 2.30pm. Shooting was not just in the centre but in other areas as well. Bishkek seems quiet now.

Karakol
The opposition has control. The governor has resigned and left. There were some demonstrations but not a lot of violence.

Talas
Quiet now, but a lot of shooting and trouble Tuesday/Wednesday. The police barracks were burnt and many weapons stolen.

Naryn
Relatively quiet. Opposition seems firmly in control.

Osh
Osh has been fairly quiet. There was a student meeting planned Wednesday afternoon but heavy rain seems to have stopped it. This morning there are about 2000 people in front of the Osh White House (state government building), against Bakiev. We will let you know when we know. [As I said above, Osh has been taken over and is quiet.]

Jalalabad
All quiet there. This is Bakiev’s home territory. [Supposedly the governor there just gave over the government building to the opposition to avoid any bloodshed.]

Batken
There was no action, no meetings at all in Batken yesterday. Everyone seems to be waiting and watching. One interesting fact is that late yesterday 2 planes arrived there. This could have been Bakiev, but it could also have been police reinforcements in case there was trouble in Batken.

Overview
The biggest concern now is that this turns into a struggle between north and south – the north being the Opposition and the south remaining loyal to Bakiev. Osh may be the key to this. At least two regions in the south (Alai and KaraKulja) have been taken over by the Opposition–the new government, that is.” [It doesn’t seem that Osh is pro Bakiev- so this shouldn’t be a problem.]

PRAY:
– for peace and an end to violence
– for good and just government to come out of this

March 17, 2010

Flesh & Blood

We wrestle not against flesh and blood – Ephesians 6:12

We are ill-taught if we look for results only in the earthlies when we pray.  A praying saint performs far more havoc among the unseen forces of darkness than we have the slightest notion of – Oswald Chambers

Lord, help us to pray more and more to you every day.  Amen.

February 16, 2010

Friends

You shall find me, when you shall search me with all your heart – Jeremiah 29:13

I had lunch with a brother in Christ today. It was real nice, because we spoke of God and faith and Emmaus and wonderful times we have been experiencing.  He told me how he went to Church recently and experienced a wonderful Saturday Service.  As he shared this with me I was inspired by his story and made me want to go to Church everyday.  It’s just wonderful to be with people who love the Lord and want to spend time with him and focus on things in life that really matter like Jesus, Faith and Fellowship.

I also wanted to share about a buddy of mine that’s headed to Iraq today.  His name is Tony and I wanted to ask for your prayers for him.  It will only be a short trip of 4 months for him, but it does concern me as he will be stationed in Baghdad.  And even though it’s in a secure zone, it’s still dangerous.  I know for myself, as I pondered the thought of leaving for a 4 month trip to Iraq, that I really don’t think I would do it.  So, just asking for prayers for him and that he has a quick return back from there as well and stays safe.  We had a nice dinner with him and friends at Pei-Wei and enjoyed wonderful fellowship. I hated to see him leave, but hope that this will be a blessing for him.

Father, thank for wonderful people that you have put into my life to bless me.  May I return in some sort of way those same blessings back to them and others as well.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

January 25, 2010

Prayer for New Year

Lord, we are your people, the sheep of your flock. 

Heal the sheep who are wounded.

Touch the sheep who are in pain.

Clean the sheep who are soiled.

Warm the sheep who are cold.

Help us to know thy love through Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

Help us to life up that love, and show it all over this land.

Help us to build love on justice and justice on love.

Help us to believe mightily, hope joyfully and love divinely.

And renew us, so that we may help renew others on Earth.

– Salvation Army Prayer