Lenz’ News – Ethnos 360 – Papua New Guinea

Death Brings About New Life…

In early November 2017 a dear friend and prospective future elder of the Wahgi church died unexpectedly. We wondered why God would take him now as the church desperately needs leadership other than us missionaries, but we knew deep inside that God must have a better plan in store. Our friend Siwi’s death and funeral provided an opportunity for others who have not heard the simple, un-perverted gospel to have a taste of what they were missing. As a result, a number of people expressed an interest in hearing the Creation-to-Death, Burial, and Resurrection (Phase 1) teaching. The Lord challenged two men to rise up to the occasion to join with our other two Bible teachers in teaching these lessons. We are excited to share that as a result of this latest outreach at least eight people have been born anew into the family of Christ.

I am reminded of John 12:24 where Jesus, looking ahead to his own death, said, “…unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” Such was the case with Siwi. May Siwi’s life, and death, be a challenge to us all. You can read the amazing account of Siwi’s home-going at https://blogs.ethnos360.org/levi-robyn-lenz/2017/11/23/his-journey-home/.

Please continue to pray for the church to grow to maturity in Christ. We are excited to see new Bible teachers being trained up. We’re praying that some of them may one day be church leaders.

Translation Update…

As many of you may have seen on our Facebook page, Lenz’s View, we had a translation check in October 2017, in which the books of Luke and 1 Corinthians checked by our translation consultant. Overall the check went very well and there were only a few minor changes needing to be made before it was printable. After checking those two books, that makes 59% of the New Testament which has gone through the entire checking process and is ready for print. Another 30% of the New Testament has been drafted and our co-worker Dan and I are gradually working through the various stages of the checking process. The final remaining book of the New Testament to be drafted into the language is the book of John (11% of the NT). 131 verses of John have previously been completed by our co-workers in the initial stages of Bible lesson preparation. This week I have made a start on the remaining 748 verses.

We are excited to see the major progress which has been made on the translation project thus far. Please continue to pray that the Lord will enable our team to see this project to completion. Pray that he’ll provide faithful helpers to help us finish the checking process. Pray that he’ll raise up strong readers to be able to read the Word that is being put into their language.

Where did that come from…

In December, after three weeks of daily fevers, Krystiana was diagnosed with “Fever of Unknown Origin”. As the name states, nobody could determine what was causing her fevers; however, blood tests indicated some kind of bacterial infection. Our poor girl turned into a pin cushion as the doctors were trying to monitor certain things in her blood, some of which were at alarming levels. After three rounds of antibiotics her fevers stopped and her blood levels have returned back to the “normal” range for the most part. She has been fever free since January 2 and blood tests last week showed that the one area of most concern has continued its downward trend toward “normal”. At this point she will get a break from the “pokies” until April when we’ll have her checked again. Please pray that she will remain fever-free.

Thank you very much for your prayers, encouragement, and support. We are very glad to have you as a part of the team.

Levi & Robyn Lenz

Serving the North Wahgi people

of Papua New Guinea

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Krabill News – Time Sensitive

(Early February)

We wanted to ask for prayer for the upcoming AIM leadership meetings happening this week. There are 150 AIM leaders and African partners coming together for 6 days in Nairobi, Kenya.   These leaders have come from around the world for this gathering.  Here are just some of the locations represented:  Canada, USA, Brazil, England, Germany, Scotland, Ireland, France, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, plus those who are severing in 23 wonderfully different countries on the continent of Africa.   So many nationalities, cultures, and personalities coming together for 6 days of worship, fellowship, partnership, and leadership training!

 

Here is the logo that we will be using for the AIM Leadership conference. 

 

Blessings,

 

Rod & Lori

 

Compass Care – January 2018

2017 Highlights:  212 Babies Saved!

Greetings
“And there will no longer be any night; and they will not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God will illumine them; and they will reign forever and ever” (Revelation 22:5). But until that glorious day when faith becomes sight and the abode of God is merged with man’s, we use the lamp of God’s word. His wisdom enlightens our next step, and in the process the crucial next steps of many women pondering the descent to an ever blackening path at the gate called abortion.
In 2018, CompassCare is dedicated to reaching even more women considering abortion and serving them in a way that more consistently helps them to have their babies. This past year was a year to celebrate! In every way it was CompassCare’s best year on record. Over 200 women considering abortion decided to have their baby boys and girls (4% more than 2016) and 62 submitted their lives to Christ (94% more than 2016).
There are many other noteworthy things that God did through the time, prayers, and finances of people just like you. Below are some highlights from 2017:
  • Reached 44% of all women in the market for an abortion (up from 25% in 2016)
  • Pioneered research to develop better ways to reach and serve the abortion-determined woman
  • Increased Walk for Life participation and performance by 6%, raising $242,000 for the mission
  • Piloted an innovative radio-based educational initiative called “Real Abortion News”  played on WHAM, WYSL, and Station of the Cross (realabortionnews.com)
  • Trained and optimized five more pregnancy centers from across the country to help them more effectively reach and serve women at-risk for abortion
  • Stabilized future mission operations through the purchase and relocation to a new office
  • Witnessed the seventh straight year of abortion decline in Monroe County for a 49% reduction since 2010
With more churches, businesses, and individuals involved than ever before, together we are poised for an even more encouraging 2018!
The book of Revelation shows that those who stand courageously with Christ in this wicked world should expect increasing tribulation. But in tribulation we have the opportunity to experience a deeper fellowship with Jesus and each other, for we know these trials are but birth pains for a new age. So we look to the time when sorrow and sighing flee under the consuming gaze of the King of kings, Victor over sin and death, as together in Christ we build with gold, silver and precious stones (1 Cor. 3: 12-13; Rev. 21: 18-21) that new world in the power of the Holy Spirit.
The book of Revelation shows that those who stand courageously with Christ in this wicked world should expect increasing tribulation. But in tribulation we have the opportunity to experience a deeper fellowship with Jesus and each other, for we know these trials are but birth pains for a new age. So we look to the time when sorrow and sighing flee under the consuming gaze of the King of kings, Victor over sin and death, as together in Christ we build with gold, silver and precious stones (1 Cor. 3: 12-13; Rev. 21: 18-21) that new world in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Transforming fear into confidence,
Rev. James R. Harden, M.Div.
President/CEO
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Annville Institute/Grace Covenant Ministries – January 2018

Annville Institute/Grace Covenant Ministries

PO Box 340

Annville, Kentucky 40402

January 24, 2018

Dear Prayer Warriors:

As we enter 2018 we are reminded of our many partners who have blessed us and make our efforts possible.  Your prayer support is especially treasured.

We have just concluded our first youth basketball session and next month our second session will start.  In the fall of 2017 we had our first baseball/softball youth leagues and had over 60 participants.  Last year we also started the Samson Project where we help local youths with strengthening and improving their agility.  During this time, we reminded the participants of the story of Samson and that his greatest strength came when he was closest to God.  We are planning to continue these two programs in 2018.  We are now in the grant writing stage of seeking funds to add an educational drug fighting component to our program.

The completion of the gym addition project is very close.  I realize that I have been writing that the finish line was close for quite some time.  But now we are preparing for the final inspections.  This has taken longer than I expected, which is making the completion more satisfying.  With this phase completed, we plan to start this spring with the conversion of the old bathrooms under the stage into a physical fitness center.  The Lincoln Hall rehabilitation project continues as well.  It is our prayer that the campus will continue to be a place where God’s presence can be felt to the many who come thru the campus gates.  Thanks again for your partnership with us.

Sincerely,

 

 

Jacob “Jake” L. Moss

Development Director

Tom & Leslie Johnson, January 2018

Thank you for your prayers and financial support!

We finished 2017 in the black! We thank the Lord and you for helping us continue to do what God has called us to do.
Tom was one of three senior representatives of the WEA to meet with three senior representatives of the Vatican, including the Pope

A Rome Update and Beyond

First, a HUGE thanks to you all! Because of your generosity, we closed the calendar year 2017 in the black. We were in the red until just after Christmas, but several donations arrived in the following days. Thanks again! It allows us to continue with what we think the Lord has given us to do right now.

The end of the year was rather eventful for me (Tom). In a previous newsletter we reported on my trip to Vietnam. Shortly thereafter I had a rapid-fire series of meetings in Rome, including an interview with Vatican Radio, a meeting with Pope Francis, followed by meetings with the heads of two Vatican departments (the PCPCU and the CDF).

If you wish to read some selections from my interview with Vatican Radio, you can find it here. Breitbart media provided a nice picture of our meeting with Francis (see above) while its commentary illustrated some of the complexities inside the Catholic Church we have to face; it is available  here.* I am optimistic that in 2018 we will be able to establish the outlines of a plan for joint Vatican/WEA publications and educational materials aimed to defend persecuted Christians, along with related public square questions.

A very significant end of the year event was just reported by WEA Theological News, available here. The WEA and the Vatican have released the results of a multi-year (2009-2016) consultation on crucial theological agreements and disagreements. In my published commentary on the document I said, “I am tremendously impressed with the quality of this accomplishment. It is a profoundly important document that sets a benchmark for future Evangelical-Catholic interaction, a document that no Christian who is concerned about the other parts of Christendom can afford to ignore. The mutual love and respect shown in this document, while stating clearly where the two sides agree and where they disagree, establishes a pattern that we must follow in all Evangelical-Catholic interactions, especially as we seek mutually to find effective ways to respond to the intense persecution of Christians in our time.” The report is available here.

Partly because a few Protestants have been concerned about the level of our interaction with top Catholic leaders, I asked to have my speech from Reformation 500 in Wittenberg released online. It outlines some of my assessment of the Catholic Church and my proposals for how to interact with Catholics, really giving a roadmap for what we should be doing alongside Catholics toward re-evangelizing western civilization. It is available here.

The fall months were busy beyond my endurance, and during my visits to Vietnam and Rome I was not feeling well. By the time we landed in North Carolina on December 15, I was quite sick with bacterial food poisoning for the second time in several months. The first weeks of my sabbatical have turned into medical leave, not research time. I would appreciate your prayers for my recovery and God’s wisdom about priorities for this year.

*My sister asked why I was not wearing glasses in the picture. It was because there had not been enough time after cataract surgery for new glasses.

Tom with Pope Francis, December 2017

Winter in North Carolina

I will say North Carolina has surprised us. We have seen more snow here than we anticipated and certainly more than we have seen in Prague the last few years. No complaints. Just surprising!

While Tom has been resting and recovering (see his note), I have been reading, preparing my speeches for this spring, (sort of) keeping up with emails, and working on a website. I have organized a CISP Alumni event in our area, too.

As I am developing my speaking ministry, there are three areas that pop out:

  • Cultural Intelligence (CQ) – the ability to listen and adapt to situations in a variety of cultures, whether those cultures are across borders or across the aisle, generation, racial or national
  • Christian Education – what does it mean that I am a Christian teacher? What should a Christian school look like? How does one start a Christian school? Why should parents (whether Christian or not) choose a Christian school?
  • Cultural hospitality – taking our CQ and reaching out to people around us, inviting them in to our homes and/or churches and/or other organizations

I need your help! Can you please pray for me as I develop these talks and teach in these areas? AND… one of the things I need for my website is a domain name and/or ministry name, something more informative than educational consultant for my work. Should I just use my name? Or is there some other more encompassing name I could use to communicate what I am up to? I am not very creative in this arena. Does anyone have an idea? If so, send it to me at prgjohnson@gmail.com.

Thanks for your prayers and support!

Tom & Leslie Johnson

Praises:
We thank the Lord for:

  • Your generosity that allowed us to finish 2017 in the black. Thank you!!
  • Excellent meetings for Tom in Hanoi and Rome;
  • Progress for Leslie in website and speaker ministry development.

Prayers:
Please join us in praying for:

  • Health for Tom!
  • Persecuted Christians around the world who are suffering great loss;
  • Leslie’s work writing speeches for events scheduled this spring and that what she talks about will be an encouragement to Christian educators, whether they work in a Christian or secular school;
  • Leslie’s work on websites for Tom and her, as well as developing her speaking ministry.

 

Ethos 360 News/Fields

Today marks the day of a brand new semester here at

Ethnos 360 Bible Institute

 

We got to have my (Kim’s) parents here during Christmas break! We are so thankful for the awesome memories we made with them!

Dave started taking another class at seminary. He so enjoys his class and how he gets to use what he is learning and apply it straight to his daily teaching here at Bible School!I

Clark is loving his martial arts class and just graduated to the next belt level!I He is doing so great in school too!! Reece is working hard at his job so that he will save enough to attend Bible School here this Fall.

Thank you so very much for praying for our family in this brand new semester! God has some great plans for these students and for us as well!

Dave, Kim, Reece & Clark Field

Fields
Ethnos360 Bible Institute
915 N. Hartwell Ave.
Waukesha, WI
53186

 

January CMFI News

Hi friends,
 
Happy New Year!!
 
We would like to give you a quick update on our work here in India.
 
We are excited to also let you know of the birth of our baby boy Benjamin last July 🙂 We love every minute of parenting and are excited to see how fast he is growing!
 
In Mysore, we felt led to start a Prayer Retreat Center since December 2017. We have been working on this and meeting with churches and friends to invite them to use our campus for those who need a place for personal or corporate prayer and teaching of the word of God. We have noticed a lot of interested staff who attend our prayer meetings. Some of our janitors and gardeners from the village, have shown interest in prayer and have been asking questions and interested in knowing more about God. Please do remember to pray for them!

The girls at the Orphanage are doing great. We spent Christmas and New year’s with them.

We recently started the second phase of building our compound wall at Mysore and while the wall construction was going on, we faced a mob who protested against the work and began to attack some of our workers. Since there was a temple that was located near our boundary line, the local villagers began demanding for some more land for the extension of the temple. We were concerned about how this may turn out. The Lord answered our prayers by softening the hearts of the villagers who returned a few days later and offered to come to a peaceful solution and offered to help us with the construction of the wall! We are just so grateful for the way things turned out!

We are facing similar issues with the local village in Belgaum as well as we have started the construction of our wall there too. Please do keep us in prayer!

Mom Helen is doing well. She is in Mysore and looks after the Prayer Center and the girls in the Orphanage.  

We will share more about the schools in Belgaum in our next newsletter. Thanks for reading!

With much love,
Steven & Vidya

 

SRC

January 2018 letter from the Schwaderer’s

January 2018
We are thankful to the Lord for allowing us to minister here in Tenerife again for another year. We have seen some precious souls saved and have started having our Sunday church services again. Leanna is continuing her home schooling and Carolee continues to teach English a few hours a week. Today she spoke with a Columbian lady who is saved but doesn’t have a church. Pray that she would be interested in coming to church with us.

Continue reading “January 2018 letter from the Schwaderer’s”

Compass Care – December 2017

Rev. James Harden                                                                                                                                                                                          President/CEO, Compass Care

Who has more influence over humanity’s prospects than a parent? Consider the maternal profession: who can hope to equal a mother’s power over posterity? No teacher, coach, counselor, friend, politician or program could ever compare to mom by any measure. Certainly no child denies his mother’s monumental station in his life. And her significance extends beyond that. Her influence draws into the present grand echoes of ancient tradition, emblazoning them indelibly upon the far reaches of the future. Her career is linked with the sovereign hand of God, partnering to carry providence into the world one life at a time. Continue reading “Compass Care – December 2017”

Field News – December 2017

 

17 Of our awesome Bible school students graduated today!!!
Praise the Lord, 11 of them want to be involved in full-time ministry!!! The others are not sure exactly what the Lord has for them next, but they are “moving forward” with the Lord as their guide.

There is nothing better than knowing our students know the Lord, are in love with Him and desire to follow Him all the days of their lives!

Celebrate with us at this good news!

Thank you for partnering with our family so that we can be a part of the lives of the students here as they learn, grow and prepare for what the Lord has for them next.

Dave, Kim, Reece & Clark Field

A HUGE praise we want to share with you…

#1 While Dave was teaching full time this semester, he was also continuing his education at seminary. (He takes one class per semester…the 5 year plan:) He learned a ton, loved the class, and passed with flying colors!!

#2 God touched a church’s heart to pay for Dave’s seminary class for next semester! Dave had already registered to start the new class January 10th even though we didn’t have the funds for it yet… and then God provided the money, showing us He really does want Dave to continue taking classes. It’s sooo cool when He shows us we are doing the right thing and takes care of the path ahead of us.