The Kraybills – December 2019

Dear Friends,

Although Thanksgiving has come and gone and we’ve quickly moved on to the Christmas season, we wanted to reflect on how thankful we are for each of you.  We have much to be thankful for and the source of our gratitude comes from our Heavenly Father.

So many times, when I am down or discouraged, and only thinking of myself, I am reminded to give thanks.  Many of my favorite verses from Colossians end with thankfulness, giving thanks and having a thankful heart.  When we give thanks to God for all He has done and given us, we are centering our eyes and lives on Hi

A fw things that we are thankful for this year:

We are thankful each of you; your words of encouragement, prayers and financial gifts.

We are thankful for having the opportunity to be closer to our girls and families for a season.

We are thankful for a church family and having opportunities to fellowship and serve.

We are thankful to be able to keep working with AIM from the States.  We consider it a joy to use our gifts and abilities for Him and Kingdom work in reaching the unreached in Africa and beyond.

We are thankful for God’s provision as we prayed and waited on Him in so many ways this year.

The time of Advent has come upon us.  A tradition for our family, that started when we worked on the Islands, was the lighting of the advent candles the four Sundays before Christmas.  As we celebrate the first coming of Christ and wait expectantly for His second coming, we light the candles of hope, peace, joy and love.  Each night when we relight the candle of the week, I am mesmerized by the flame from the candle.  Jesus came as a light into a dark world.  Our hope and prayer is that our lives would reflect His light living in us.  We want to be believers that bring Him glory and praise wherever He has placed us.

Our family was together for the first time in four years for Thanksgiving, so thankful!  We had the opportunity to go to St. Augustine (Florida) for one night and see the sights.  The pictures below are of our time there.  If you don’t have our latest family photo prayer card and would like one, please send us your mailing address and we’ll send one out to you.

Love from,

Rod and Lori

 

Christmas Messages (9:30AM, Sundays in December)

Date Speaker Christmas Series Text
1-Dec Don White A Great Light Isaiah 9:1-5
8-Dec Don White Wonderful Counselor Isaiah 9:6a
15-Dec Don White Mighty God Isaiah 9:6b
22-Dec Don White Everlasting Father Isaiah 9:6c
29-Dec Mike McOrmond Prince of Peace Isaiah 9:6d

[1] But there will be no gloom for her who was in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he has made glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations. [2] The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined. [3] You have multiplied the nation; you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as they are glad when they divide the spoil. [4] For the yoke of his burden, and the staff for his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian. [5] For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult and every garment rolled in blood will be burned as fuel for the fire. [6] For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. – (Isaiah 9:1-6)

News from the Fields – November 2019

In one month from today

This class will be graduating!

   

This will be the last class to graduate in December. From here on, incoming students will start only in August and graduations will only be in May.
This is an end of an era, because 25 years ago I was one of the students who enrolled in the smaller January class.

We love this group of graduates, and are excited for them as they grow in their relationship with the Lord and serve Him in what He has planned for them next!

Thank you for your prayers and support! We are so thankful for the honor of serving and living among these amazing young people!

Dave & Kim Field

CompassCare – November 2019 (2)

Please Pray

Dear Pastors and Prayer Warriors,

New York Senate bill S660 (aka Boss Bill) was signed into law by Governor Cuomo on Friday, November 8. The bill makes it illegal for pro-life organizations to hire and manage employees based on pro-life beliefs.

Obeying this law would force CompassCare to violate its mission and beliefs. Therefore, CompassCare cannot in good conscience obey. We sue not because we want to but because it is needed to ensure pro-life Christians can continue expressing their convictions publicly and peaceably.

This Sunday would you consider asking God’s people to pray for CompassCare’s staff and legal team. Pray for 1) the enemy’s plans to be frustrated; 2) God’s favor, both in the legal court and the court of public opinion; 3) His wisdom, to know what to say, what to do, and the courage to do it; 4) success, so that CompassCare and other NY pro-life, pro-family organizations can continue working without unjust interference.

CompassCare – November 2019 (1)

Governor Cuomo Leaves CompassCare

No Choice But to Sue

Greetings!
New York Senate bill S660 (aka Boss Bill) was signed into law by Governor Cuomo on Friday, November 8. The bill makes it illegal for pro-life organizations to hire and manage employees based on pro-life beliefs. CompassCare has no other choice but to sue Governor Cuomo as this bill threatens the organization’s very existence. This law is a trifecta of constitutional violations, hindering freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom of association. CompassCare is asking the courts to reverse this intolerant, coercive, and discriminatory law.
CompassCare’s legal team has been monitoring this bill since it was first passed back in January, along with the now infamous Reproductive Health Act. To be clear, obeying this law would force CompassCare to violate its mission and beliefs. CompassCare cannot in good conscience obey this law. We sue not because we want to but because it is needed to ensure pro-life Christians can continue expressing their convictions publicly and peaceably.
It is heartening to remember that Christians throughout history faced the coercive pressure of government and yet remained faithful to God’s calling.
“And when they had summoned them, they commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered and said to them, ‘Whether it is right in the sight of God to give heed to you rather than to God, you be the judge; for we cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard.'” Acts 4:18-20.
Please pray for wisdom, guidance, and the resources necessary to ensure that Christians in NY can still express their pro-life convictions without penalty.

Jim's Signature - Clear Background

Rev. James R. Harden, M.Div
President/CEO
CompassCare is working with the legal team at Alliance Defending Freedom, an alliance-building legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith.
They work to build a world whose laws affirm religious liberty both, publicly and privately, protect life, from conception to natural death, and promote the natural family, including marriage between one man and one woman.

Dig Deeper with CompassCare

There is a lot going on at CompassCare right now including:
  • Expanding operations into Buffalo
  • Increasing services in Rochester
  • Continuing public education initiatives
  • And now this lawsuit against Governor Cuomo

Expect more frequent communications in the next few weeks to keep you apprised of progress.

Please pray for wisdom, courage, stamina, and all the resources necessary to continue accomplishing the mission, while protecting your ability to express your pro-life convictions from unjust laws.

 

The Lenzes View – November 2019

New Tools…

Last week, Robyn and I were able to go to our mission headquarters in Sanford, Florida to take some training in the area of coaching. Though we didn’t know what to expect in this training, we are hopeful that the skills we learned will be helpful in the church planting as well as in our parenting. As we move from being directive, in both church planting and parenting, to being disciplers, the skills of coaching will be helpful to draw on the power of the Holy Spirit within the disciple to direct them in life decisions.

Update On The Kids…

First quarter is over. We received the report cards for the first quarter and are glad to say that all three boys are doing exceptionally well in school. Also, through some generous gifts, Krystiana is now beginning to go to Begindergarden (preschool) three times a week at the same school that the boys attend.Thank you for your prayers for the kids as they transitioned into school for the first time. Though the boys were struggling with the idea of transitioning into school, some of them are already struggling with the idea of leaving the friends they have made and returning to PNG. This is the life of the Third Culture Kid; always transitioning, always grieving the loss of something. Please pray for the kids now that they will enjoy the opportunities God gives them here and now and that they will be able to grieve and transition well when we return to PNG.

 

Thank you for your continued prayers and support,

Levi and Robyn Lenz
Michael, Daniel, Matthew, and Krystiana Lenz

Reaching North Wahgi one soul at a time.