Prayer Letter

Feb - Mar 2018

I (Perry) confess that while attending the University of Maryland I was somewhat embarrassed to graduate from a school that chose a terrapin as their mascot. Whose brilliant idea was it anyway that a turtle could ever intimidate opponents in sports, instill confidence to achieve great heights or inspire to pursue worthy goals? But my attitude forever changed after hearing, "Behold, the turtle moves forward only by sticking out its neck!" Now, forty six years later I am making the same daily decision I did back in 1972 as a young follower of Christ at U of Md. Will I stick my neck out trusting God to faithfully abide, guide and provide or will I retreat to the comfort and selfishness of my shell? Will I bask in the ease of the shallow kiddies' pool or risk leaping into my Father’s arms at the deep end to live out His call on my life by faith? Will I gamble the costly sacrifice of going all in for my Jesus Who gave His all for me at the Cross or will I give just enough to get by, settling for the stagnation of the status quo? In what specific way is the Lord asking you to stick your neck out to move forward in faith?

The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith!" Luke 17:5

“Immediately they dropped their nets and followed Him.” Mark 1:18

Without faith it is impossible to please Him…” Heb 11:6

"I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.” Gal 2:20

“I know the One in whom I trust, and I am sure that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until the day of His return.” II Tim 1:12

Ministry Prayer Requests:

This one year experiment called Focused Living is celebrating 25 years! Join us in celebrating the fruit that He has born and is bearing in the lives of men in Columbia and beyond. If you’d like to celebrate in person, see the details of our anniversary event scheduled for Saturday, April 14th 6-8:30pm.


As we continue our theme of ‘spiritual warfare’ please pray that Christ’s men would stand firm in the faith, put on the full armor of God and learn how to use the sword of the Spirit (God's truth) as they fight the invisible war by faith.

Pray especially for our ‘Shepherds’ (table leaders) as they lead 6-8 men in this spring season of discipleship. We have 112 spiritually hungry men actively building one another up in Christ. Pray as they hold each other accountable to specific areas of life.

Our hearts are broken weekly but we continue to pray that starting with God's men they would be severely convicted to value life in a culture of death with abortion on demand. Only 50% of God's men disagree with abortion!

You open Your hand And satisfy the desire of every living thing (Ps 145:16). God has opened His hand and provided ALL of our needs in 2017! We gratefully acknowledge His abundant provision as we end another ministry year in the black.

Praise for the sweet fellowship during our February Core Couples retreat. We had 12 couples attend! And praise
for the unity of Spirit that pervades our discussions and deliberations as a board of this ministry.

Sundays German Wright preaches at Daily Living Ministries (DLM).
March 25
 Perry preaches at Columbia's Chinese Church with Kunming Su.
April 14 
FLM celebrates 25 years of God's faithfulness. Come join us.
April 27-30
Perry and Robby Buck speak at Village 7's men's discipleship conference in Colorado Springs.
GRIP Discipleship season Feb 29-May 7.
Pray for the 112 men involved.

Personal Praises and Requests


Perry - Pray that I would be faithful to obediently live out the Grip Action points God has put on my heart for which I am being held accountable. Ask that I learn (again) to put others (family and friends) first so that the idol of selfishness could be destroyed. Praise for joy and peace during stress filled ministry opportunities.

Janet - Regardless of failures and lapses, I want to journal in my time with Jesus. Sooo….Perseverance is my request
Thankful I’ve remained well thus far through this flu season. May that continue. A focus on “lifting Jesus” in all plans for FLM 25th anniversary banquet.
Joy & Eddie - discerning and grace-filled parenting for Lulu (11), Ezra (9), Zeq (7) & Elenor (5). Energy to persevere in that role.

Megan & Marc - Grace filled parenting with Hannah (7) & Logan (4). Perseverance for Marc as writing his
dissertation ensues.


David and Katherine –  Pray that our parenting efforts would be fueled from Jesus living in us. Discernment in how to
help David’s dad who has not be home since Nov 13 due to health issues.
Austin(19) We rejoice that Austin has pretty much been restored to his normal self after the raging and hallucinations and broken hand from this past fall.

Cameron(15) - We continue to pray that Cameron would come to value meaningful and positive friendships as he
navigates the High School years.


Church growth
Leadership Development
Personal Getaway time
Son Caleb- full time employment

Our church is growing.
Our faith is growing.
German’s smile is growing!


Praises: I got a part time job cleaning windows to help with income/paying for school. Wife started school to be a nurse practitioner and is doing well! Taking new men through GRIP who are going through Bible for first time in their lives and growing! Hosting a community group with our church and building a good friend-base there.

Prayer requests: Managing both of our schedules with so much going on. Continuing to share the Gospel with our
neighbor. Managing finances. Continuing to develop good communication habits in our marriage.


God’s continued wisdom and grace as we disciple others and lead our family.

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