Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Look to Past or Future?

Is it better to look to the past or the future?  The future is always
uncertain.  It requires faith and a little imagination.  The past is certain
but cannot be changed or duplicated.  The past is important.  It has shaped
us into who we are today.  The future is important.  It is coming. We can
pretend it is not coming or do what we can to be prepared for whatever may
come our way.  We cannot change the past and we cannot guarantee the future,
but we can live today with purpose that is grounded in the past and is
impacting the future.

We live in a difficult time in the life of the church in America.  The
church of the recent past was a time of growth, revival and cultural impact.
The church of the future looks segmented, rejected and culturally
irrelevant.  It can leave us scared, confused and pessimistic.  However, we
cannot return to the past.  We cannot stop the future.  What we can control
is how we live right now.  The question for us is "are we faithful?"  What
are we doing today that honors the great cloud of witnesses that came before
us and impacts our future in a way that brings glory to God.

It is my desire to lead us into the future with confidence.  We may not be
able to measure success in the same way that it was measured in previous
decades, but we can be found faithful.  Engage Bartlesville is an attempt
for us to impact the lostness that exists around us.  We cannot hide in our
facilities while our neighbors walk in darkness.  We will continually find
ways to intentionally impact our world with the Gospel.  It is the same
calling of our past and it will continue to be the same calling in our
future.  Until Jesus returns, we must engage those around us with the Gospel
of Jesus Christ.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Pray for Malawi Team

On Monday, six team members will embark on a mission trip to Malawi.  Please pray for us on our journey.  Lonnie Hoelscher will be leading four of the team members to minister in Kalulu.  Eight years ago, we walked into the Kalulu area of villages and presented the Gospel to those who had never heard.  When we left the country, they went through a gas shortage and no one was able to check on the church for almost a year.  When we returned, we found around 200 people continuing to meet for worship and Bible study. Since then we have started many churches in that village.  The church leaders will be taught and encouraged.  The team will also be witnessing in areas that still need to hear the Gospel.

Artie Hudson and I will spend our time in Dwambazi and Dwangwa the first villages Bro. Paul ministered to on his first Malawi trip over 20 years ago.  Charles asked us to come and encourage these churches and let them know that we still care about them.  We will be teaching church members in these churches.

Please pray for:
            Team Members:
·     Michael Vallandingham
·     Lonnie Hoelscher
·     Artie Hudson
·     Jonathan Long
·     Daryl Thomas
·     Rosemanne Park
Local Leaders:
·     Charles Malekano
·     Godfrey Frackson
Our Flights:  Safety, On Time, Ability to Rest
Entering and exiting Malawi and South Africa without delays.
Churches we are ministering to.
The lost we are witnessing to.
Health of team members.
Manna Feeding Centers
Safety traveling around the country.

Thank you for your prayers!

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