Prayer Update 07.10.12

July 10, 2012

FAMILY UPDATE:

Yesterday, we met with a builder.  He comes from a family that has been long time friends of the Colemans.  He is easy to talk with and helped us work through the details on the addition of the garage.  And, I told him:

“this garage is a test.  If we can come through this in one piece—we’ll talk about the rest of the remodeling that we need to get done.”

We’ve been praying about this for months and feel like this is a clear breakthrough.  So, thanks for joining us in this journey.

MINISTRY UPDATE:

Miami is part of the Send City strategy to reach North America.

Yesterday a couple of the next steps started to come into focus.  We are planning a special conference with the IMB—it’s called EthneCity.  If we are going to reach the cities of North America, we have to recognize diversity and the different People Groups (ethne) living in the cities.

Also, we are looking to help church planters host some special events that give them ways to serve their communities and make more connections.  More on this later….

I am going to Miami next week to spend some time with local leadership talking about this work and praying for God’s direction.  Pray for Miami.

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Update

July 4, 2012

Lots of people have checked out the blog….and I’m assuming that means you are responding to our request for prayer partners!

We have seen the hand of God moving through relationships and giving clarity of thought on some key decisions.  Here are some updates (and additions) to the requests from the first of the week…

Personal: 

  • KK and the Gilbert boys did fine on the trip to Boise.  We really enjoyed seeing Mason and Zeke during these last few weeks and KK was glad to accompany them home to spend a couple of days with Josh & Erin.
  • The garage:  we will make some of the final decisions on Saturday and Monday.  Always a little stressful when you want it to work for the next 30 years!
  •  Remodeling/updating KK’s dad’s house:   we need some help on the design.  Pray that we can find the right person/people to assist us.

These may sound like simple things but we need a place to entertain, have overnight guests, etc.  KK needs a kitchen that is functional.  We need to get our stuff out of storage.  Until these things are settled—we feel unsettled. 

Ministry: some major LoveLoud initiatives that I am working on this week:

  • East St. Louis Ministry Center expansion project– we believe this is the right direction and we are starting the process
  • City partnership with H.I.S. BridgeBuilders– need to determine how to set up training & multiplication
  • Pilot Project with Connect Ministries– great meeting!  Now, we visit the Send Cities that will host pilot projects 2013/2014.  Pray for the right relationships to make this work! 
  • Next Steps to expand Volunteer Mission Projects:  working out the kinks on new platform.  Will have test site in August
  • Faith and Work Roundtable:  Decided to postpone for a few weeks.  Good decision and prayer clarified it.  Thanks! 
  • Send North America Conference the end of July:  working on presentations.

Ministry: Preaching this weekend at our new “home church” (Northside Roswell)   Studying the “Fruit of the Spirit” from  (Gal 5:12-25)

Thanks for reading and praying.  It is hard to describe the strength that I am receiving from your interest.


Lesson Learned?

September 30, 2011

Today was to be a day for email and ministry planning.

As I sat in the nearby McDonald’s (drinking coffee and using free wi-fi) a young man walked up and asked to use my cell phone.  I told him it was a business phone and really shouldn’t be used for personal stuff.  He responded, “I’m waiting on a guy and need to make sure he knows where to meet me.”  Made sense to me– didn’t seem right to say no to young man in need.

I dialed the number for him, handed him the phone, and turned back to finish the email I was working on.  I heard his opening comment — and then he quit talking (or so I thought).  He didn’t quit talking– he ran out the door– with my new iPhone!

The next few hours were spent getting a police report, turning off the cell service, buying a new cell phone and reformatting it to get email, etc.

Did I learn the intended lesson?  Not sure.  As I told my son the story we laughed and said:  how do you tell a guy:  “No, this is a business phone you can’t use it.”  —  “What kind of business?”  — ” Well, I am in the business of finding ways to help needy people….but I can’t meet your need….I’m too busy!”

Lesson learned?  Honestly, I was really mad at that guy!  And, pretty mad at myself for trusting him!

Perhaps I learned something about protecting my cell phone — but as the day comes to an end, I’m still trying to learn the lesson.

I’m begging God to overcome my pride and keep my heart soft for needy people. That guy needs a lot more than a cell phone.  He needs to connect with his Creator who loves him, and gave His Son — to pay for his sins and make the connection.

Oh Father, I’ve got so much to learn!


Monday- Day off in Germany

May 24, 2010

When we looked at the “normal” flight schedule for the team, I noticed that we would spend from 7am-3pm in the Frankfurt airport  And then I thought…what if we went a couple of days early and spent some time visiting the sites in Germany?   Since KK has never been to Germany, this will be a great time for us to look at the majesty of the alps.

In 1984 I made my first trip to Germany.  One morning I woke up and spent an hour on my balcony looking at the alps and wrote in my journal: “Father, I ask you for the privilege of bringing KK here before I die.”  Today I get a chance to see that prayer answered.

The rest of the teams arrives Wednesday.  KK and I will spend today (and tomorrow) in Bavaria.


Day #32: Praying for ___ to be saved!

March 27, 2010

 

 

“…veiled to those who are perishing.”

(2 Cor 4.3)

 

As this week comes to a close, stop one more time and pray for those you know who are lost.  Read 2 Cor 4 and pray for them by name.  Insert the name of your lost family member, friend, coworker, neighbor, etc. and let the truth of theses verses direct your prayer:

“But if, in fact, our gospel is veiled…”  Father, it is clear that the Gospel is veiled from _____.   It seems that the truth about Christ is hidden from _____ and my heart breaks that _____ does not see the truth about Christ.

“it is veiled to those who are perishing.”   Father, since _____ does not see the truth about Christ, Your word says that ______ is lost.  _______ is perishing in sin and will spend eternity away from You.

Regarding them: the god of this age has blinded the minds…”  Father, Your word says that satan, the evil one, the god of this world has blinded the mind of ________.  So, Father, I pray that You would pull back the veil and open  ________’s  mind and the light of the Gospel would shine through. 

For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness”  Father, You are creator God and You spoke the world into being.  You said, “Let there be light” and there was light.  So, here is my simple prayer.  Speak light into the heart of ______.  Use me, or someone else.  But, let the truth of the Gospel pierce the veil over ______’s  heart and speak light into _______’s darkened heart.

This is my prayer in the name and for the glory of Jesus my Lord.

Amen!


Day 18: Praying for (Missionary) Families

March 13, 2010

“Brothers, pray for us.”  (I Thess 5:25)

This week we have prayed for our families.  Your testimonies have encouraged me  (see one below).

Today, I want to encourage you to pray for the families of our missionaries–for lots of reasons! 

First, we know how the evil one attacks the families of Christian leaders.  Next, missionary kids (MKs) face added pressures living in a different culture…especially in the first few years of life on the field.

One more thing: Missionary parents feel added pressures when their children face challenges.  Read this update from the Joberts, our missionaries in South America.  Their daughter, Eliana, was very sick a few weeks ago. Here’s their update:

We want to thank all you of you again for lifting up Eliana in prayer.  She is doing good.  She has a follow-up appointment in Brazil tomorrow (Wed. March 10th.)  This is a very important visit as he will decide the course of her medicine.  Please pray with us that he will significantly decrease the medicine, as has been the advice of the doctors with the IMB. Also lift up Cindy as she finds her way around in this city of 23 million people.
God bless,
Steven     

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Testimony: Praying for My Family

March 13, 2010

Many of you have shared how God has worked in your family this week.  Here’s a testimony one young lady shared with me:

 Hi Pastor Al,

I took your suggestion and sent an invitation to all of my relatives on facebook. I asked them to send me their requests so I could pray very specifically during this “family week” of 40 Days of Prayer. I have 49 relatives that the message went to and I’ve already heard back from 11 of them…some with heavy hearts, some with urgent needs, and most of them I wouldn’t have known about because we don’t talk often.

I awakened Thursday morning at 4am…didn’t know why, but after wrestling to go back to sleep, I finally got up at 4:30am and prayed until my regular wake-up time of 6am. The Lord woke me again at 4am this morning, so I went ahead and got out of bed and used the two hours to cover all the requests I had received and ones that I had of my own. It’s been a pleasure getting on my knees for so many people I love.

Thanks again for the idea and for leading us in this time of unusual prayer.

See you Sunday…