Prayer Letter


August - September 2019

This past July we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, when astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men in history to walk on the moon. One of the most used words surrounding this great feat is the word “achieve.” It is indeed touted as among man’s greatest “achievements”. However, Buzz Aldrin had a different perspective.

After 3 hours of walking on the moon, Buzz read John 15:5 while celebrating the Lord’s Supper from the safety of the Lunar Escape Module.

“I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever abides in me, and I in him, will bear much fruit, for you can do nothing without Me.


As Aldrin heard Jesus’ words and reflected on the Cross, his focus turned from what we as a nation had gloriously ACHIEVED to all that we have graciously RECEIVED from God’s hand!

Of all the pictures documenting their achievement, this unscheduled picture has become the most famous. It is called “Earth Rising.” This photo puts life in proper perspective. It focuses our attention on what we have humbly received from our Creator rather than on what we have proudly achieved. What has been your focus of late? Your achievements or what you have received from God through Christ? In life, the more we focus on what we have received from the Father, the greater will be our partnership with Him each day to achieve that which will count for eternity.

Let’s agree together that every time we see the moon in this next month we will first give praise for what we have received from the Father in Christ before we dwell on recent or future achievements.

“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.” John 1:12

“For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace.” John 1:16

“For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, ‘Abba! Father!” Rom 8:15

"Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we received mercy, we do not lose heart” 2Co 4:1

“Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him.” Col 2:6

Ministry Prayer Requests:

FALL FORUMS
A new season of Men’s Forums kicks off the last two weeks of August. Our big theme this year is, “The Making of a Man.” We’ll look at the lives of 25 men in the Bible and explore how God chisels them, and us, to be conformed to Christ. (Romans 8:29). Pray for soft hearts and for many new faces in each of the nine forums throughout the city.

DISCIPLESHIP

Along with our new Forum season, we are also launching the Fall season of GRIP Discipleship. We’re asking that God would bring exactly the men He wants involved and that each man would come into this discipleship commitment hungry for God’s transformation. Aug 5th is our time to strengthen the hands of the disciplers. Aug 26th, Sep 9th and Sep 30th are the first 3 large gatherings.


FINANCES

YTD through Jun 2019, our shortfall revenues to expenses is 23% ($32K). We look to God for his provision and we praise Him for our donors’ partnership with us in the Gospel! We joyfully live within the means God is providing and seek His wisdom for stewarding these provisions.


OUTREACH

Pray as we continue to put together “wired” outreach events to assist believing men in their outreach efforts. Whether a Q&A format or an event format with a testimony, pray that these wired events are used by the Spirit to draw unbelieving men toward that next step in their spiritual journey. Also, pray for the city wide outreach on Oct 5th (Love Columbia).




CALENDAR

aUGUST 3RD 

Sinclair Salters of 4Runners4Christ, our ministry partner, speaks at Kingsmen Breakfast at Christian Life Church

aUGUST 25TH

German Wright preaches in Beaufort, SC at Life House Church

Personal Praises and Requests

Perry Bowers Family Prayer

Perry – Every day I want to be more overwhelmed by what I have received in Christ by grace and not overcome by what I think I need to achieve to be successful in ministry. That I would delight in Christ every day as I sometimes feel spiritually dry.

 

Janet – Continued focus on daily prayer and thanksgiving in my relationship with Christ. Wisdom in making service and
time commitments.

 

Joy & Eddie - Join us in praying for these 3 requests: 1) Last year of middle school for Lulu. 2) That the new church plant we are a part of grows as God desires, 3) Joy starts working full- time as a Special Ed aide.

 

Megan & Marc – The Hunsakers have been enjoying a breath of fresh air with a beautiful Michigan summer and a hard earned PhD finished. Prayers for the kids and Megan as they start gearing up for another academic year. Prayers for Marc as he continues to make great impacts at MSU and begins to explore options for our family’s next steps. 

 

David Andes Family Prayer

David and Katherine – Please continue to join us in praying for Austin’s schedule this fall. We are looking at two day programs, exploring options for transportation, and also thinking about ways Austin can engage the community. We would love to have this lined up by August 12 when Katherine starts back to teaching. May we joyfully live under God’s provision for us! “May the Lord direct our hearts into the love of God and into the steadfastness of Christ” (2Thes 3:5).

 

Austin(21) – Pray that Austin would rise to meet the challenges of life after high school. Pray specifically that we will adjust to new environments and new people this fall. 

Cameron(16) –  Cameron will return home from a summer away in New York where he worked in the Dining Hall of Camp of the Woods. We’re praying that the transition back into the rhythm of our family and the rhythm of school will be a smooth one for all! Pray that he’ll build on the maturing that God did in him this summer.

German Wright Family Prayer

German - Development of leadership and support in ministry.

Sandra - Praise Reports: On previous workplace prayer requests, the two vacancies have been filled. They will start this week!! And direction was given on the previous request for ministry growth.

New Request - in the interim there was a third vacancy in my workplace. Request for continued prayers for the process in getting that additional vacancy filled; and wisdom, guidance, direction and favor in the interview and selection process. Prayers for the training and the learning curve for the new hires.

Karl Reed Family Prayer

Karl & Jessica - Pray for Karl as he daily needs God’s grace to lead his family well, to parent out of a place of humility and patience, and to selflessly love the people around him. Pray for Jessica and Karl to have the time and energy we need to nurture our relationship in the midst of raising kids and family responsibilities.

Kids - Pray for Evelyn and Anthony as they both attend new schools this year, and all the adjustments that come with that. Evelyn will be at Irmo Middle and Anthony at Leaphart Elementary. We are also praying that Lillian will be accepted into the 4K program at Leaphart.
Please keep praying for Jackson's growth and development. We are praying that he will respond to our efforts to get him on a more consistent schedule and start sleeping better throughout the night.