Due to POWER OUTAGE this morning and HIGH WIND WARNING, the leaders of SRC have decided to cancel our morning worship service, Sunday School and Refuge today. Please consider an at home family worship time or attending a service at another church that you have always wanted to visit.
Dear Prayer Partners,
Thank you for standing with us in prayer and in ministry!
We wanted to give you an overview about our upcoming trip:
Depart from Florida – February 8th
Kenya – February 9th to 19th
North Africa – February 19th to March 3rd
Arrive back in Florida – March 4th
We are looking forward to visiting Kenya and North Africa. We are open to see where the Lord might be leading us next. We would ask that you pray with us as we travel. Here are our requests:
- That we would be an encouragement and come alongside those we visit on this trip
- That the training events would equip workers for the ministry at hand and the expansion of His Kingdom
- That we would be adaptable to the normal challenges of overseas travel, meetings, training events, and ministry opportunities
- That the Father would receive all the Glory for any lasting fruit that comes from this trip to Kenya and North Africa.
Thank you again for your prayers and partnership with us.
We will let you know how it goes once we return.
He is the reason we serve!
Until next time,
Rod & Lori Kraybill
Dear praying friend,
When we started writing our newsletter not too long ago, we had 14 inches of snow.
Today we hit 66 degrees (19C)—which was a nice change from the past few weeks’ weather.
We’re also rejoicing that God has already started answering prayers. Of the financial need we share in the enclosed newsletter, nearly a third has already been raised—all to God’s glory.
We want to thank you for your continued prayers—we’re in need of them daily!
-Brent, Jen, Amy and Christopher Hautle
“It has never been so loud in our house as last
night when we were playing the game
‘superfight’ with a bunch of students!”
By living here among the students, we get to have them in our home at any moment’s notice, and we LOVE it!
Another cool thing is that after they graduate, we get to follow them and see how God is living through them to spread His name around the world.
Here are 2 very encouraging examples of 2 students who had some exciting news this week!
“I just had my LAST language evaluation ever!! I am still in shock. 10 years ago I started praying for the tribe the Lord wanted us to go to and a person to teach me the language. There have been a ton of women help me, but Tsame has been the main faithful one! So thankful for her, and that we are one step closer to telling her the truth about God!” #reachWANTAKIA
“BIG news! I am so, SO proud of this guy. We just had our language consultants out, we had our language evaluations…and Jack is DONE! He is done with language study! He has officially been cleared to start Bible translation in the Wantakia language!! This day has been a long time coming. He wasn’t nervous, he wasn’t scrambling to brush up on grammar or study the night before, he just walked in and killed it! It was a precious moment getting to tell Keko, who helps Jack without fail every week, that his work has carried fruit! It is by God’s grace and help that our team has gotten this crazy, complex language so fast. The day is coming soon when the Wantakia people will get to hear God’s story for the first time in their heart language!”
In July I asked you all to pray for a man and his wife as I was taking them through the Creation to Christ Bible lessons. He had heard parts of the teaching before, but kept missing key lessons and was not able to put the pieces of the Gospel together to see how it applied to him. This particular man is one who, in the past, has caused quite a bit of grief for our team, and I equated loving him to be something similar to hugging a porcupine. As we know, the Holy Spirit is the one who changes lives and His word says that the faithful prayers of a righteous man produces much fruit. I want to thank you for your prayers for this man as God has removed the veil from his eyes and he now understands the message of the Gospel and proclaims that he is trusting the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ Jesus on his behalf for salvation. He states, “For 19 years I used God’s name and thought I was doing his work, but it was all for my own gain. I realize that was all a waste and is not what will get me to heaven.” Please continue to pray as our new brother in Christ is hungry for more teaching. Pray for his wife as she is conflicted in what to do with the teaching she has received. On the one hand, she would like to believe and put her faith in Christ, but on the other hand, she knows this will result in ridicule from family and friends.
I was visiting my friend James the other day and looked down and saw bean sprouts growing out of a pile of rocks. Oddly enough, I had gone to his house that day in order to ask him if he’d be willing to allow me to walk him through our Bible lessons one-on-one. In the past, we have done many large and small group Bible “courses”, and the results have been as Christ described in Mark 4. Recently, due to our limited time and resources, we’ve been discussing being more intentional with where we sow the seed of the Word.
James was one of my language helpers when we moved here in 2009. His wife, a young believer now, has been growing in her walk with the Lord and she’s been devouring the teaching she’s been getting. James has been on my heart for a long time, but he has never really been interested in making the time to listen to the teaching. Now seems to be the right time! I shared with him that his efforts in helping me to learn their language was not without a purpose. The purpose was to be able to share God’s Word with them; but many others are reaping the benefits of his hard work while he has nothing to show for it. He said he wants to hear the Bible teaching and we settled on Monday and Wednesday evenings at his house for the venue. Please pray for James as you did for our brother mentioned above. Pray that the soil of his heart will be ready to receive the seed of the Gospel and that God’s Word will impact him and his family in unimaginable ways.
One More Request
Please also be praying for Robyn and Krystiana as they’re supposed to be leaving from Michigan on Thursday, the 31st, to begin their journey back to PNG. Please pray that the weather will cooperate and flights will not be canceled. Pray for safety and energy for them as they travel. Pray especially for Robyn, Krystiana, and Michael as it is going to be difficult for them to part again for the next several months.
Thank you for standing with us in this ministry.
Levi & Robyn Lenz
Serving the North Wahgi people
of Papua New Guinea
Facebook: Lenz’s View
Keep track of church events with this lovely calendar for February; just download and print!
Brothers and Sisters In Christ,
As we embark on 2019, I wanted to let you know what you helped to accomplish in our jails in Monroe and Wayne County. Your prayers and partnership made an incredible impact and a large investment in the Kingdom of God!
First time decisions for Christ – 482 men and women
Life re-dedications to Christ – 128 men and women
Bibles distributed – 2,000+
Bible lessons graded – 7,000+
We also began a partnership with American Bible Society to bring trauma healing groups into the Monroe County Jail and Monroe Correctional Facility. These groups address the deep rooted trauma that many have experienced and what the Bible has to say about it. We touch on 5 major areas:
– If God loves us, why do we suffer?
– How can the wounds of our heart heal?
– What happens when someone is grieving?
– Taking your pain to the cross.
– How can we forgive others?
We thank God for your faithfulness and continued support of our mission: to see that every inmate hears a clear message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We are thankful for what you accomplished in 2018 and are extremely excited to see what the Lord has in store for you in 2019.
May the Lord Jesus Christ keep you and your loved one’s safe, protected and continually showered with grace and a peace that passes all understanding.
Dear Prayer Warriors,
As we enter 2019 we are reminded of our many partners who have blessed us and made our efforts possible. Your prayer support is especially treasured. You are helping us make a difference one opportunity at a time to those we have been called to serve by sharing the love of our Savior and Lord. During 2018 we saw unexpected challenges met by unanticipated blessings. The bathroom addition to the gym was finally completed! Needed repairs were made to the roof of Lansing Hall and to the waste water treatment system.
The past year was exciting. Our youth activities (camps, basketball, baseball, softball) had great participation and we received many thank you’s from the participants and their parents. The Veterans Outreach Committee made several new contacts. The Samson Project was expanded to a year around program. Recently we hosted the live walk through nativity production called “Journey Through Bethlehem”. The campus was transformed into the community of Bethlehem. We were thrilled to have over 1,700 people (total) attend the eight performances. Even better was the fact the Holy Spirit was at work and at least seven people accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior and several others rededicated their lives.
This year we hope to complete the renovations of the old bathroom areas into a fitness center that can be used by the community. Our board of directors is seeking funds to replace our old maintenance building that is subject to frequent flooding. We are working on two grants and seeking donations to bring the rehabilitation of Lincoln Hall closer to completion. Your prayers are requested as we consider new possibilities for ministry. Space and funding requirements for the potential programs competing with existing programs create a need for wisdom as we strive to be good stewards with the blessings we are receiving. May we follow the advice given in Proverbs 3:5-6.
We thank you for your prayer support.
Jacob “Jake” L. Moss
2019 is well underway and we just wanted to say how thankful we are for supporters like you. Your prayers and support in 2018 changed lives for eternity and will continue to bear fruit in 2019.
We can’t overemphasize how important your support is, and what it means for us to see lives transformed through God’s Word with your help. And it’s not just us who’s thankful. It’s people whose lives have been touched. People like Pairot in Thailand.
He says, “Thank you for providing us with such wonderful materials and the training for us to be able to respond to the Great Commission of Jesus Christ.”
Margarida in Mozambique says, “Thank you for providing us with the tools that helped us come back to God!”
And Illmi in Albania says, “Thank you for the Bibles and training you provided me, and that I can now share with others. My church could not afford the resources you are blessing us with. We can engage more people with the Gospel. May God bless you!”
Once again, THANK YOU!
Your friends at Bible League International
SRC leaders have just made a prudent decision to cancel all activities at church tomorrow. This includes morning Worship Service, Sunday School, Refuge Youth Group and the Evening Gathering. Hopefully our church members will take some time to privately worship God while being snowed in at our own homes.