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Upcoming Events, Week starting December 3rd, 2017

Sunday Dec. 3 First Sunday in Advent

Monday
Mexico Mission Dinner – 6:00 P.M.

Tuesday
7:00 P.M. Deacons Meet

Wednesday
2:00- 5:00 P.M. Marion Youth Center Community after school program (follows school schedule) GYM & Lower Ed.Building

Thursday
4:00 P.M. Bible/Prayer Meeting

Saturday
December 9
Men’s Breakfast -7:30 A.M.
9:30 A.M. Bell Choir Rehearsal

Sunday December 10
9:30 A.M Isaiah 11:1-10 Tree of Healing
K.I.D.S. Church (during the service)
10:45-11:15 A.M. Coffee & Fellowship
11:00 A.M. Membership Class
11:15 A.M. SS Hour
4:30-6:00 PM. REFUGE Youth Groups Meet
6:00 P.M. Bible Study/Prayer Gathering

Sunday
*December 17
Communion Service
*Please Note: This is an update from previous bulletins.
ALL Church Christmas Caroling
No regular REFUGE

Sunday
December 24 Morning Worship Service – 9:30 A.M.
Christmas Eve Service – 7:00 P.M.
NO KIDS Church, Sunday School, REFUGE, Evening Prayer

Sunday
December 31
No REFUGE

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Tom and Leslie Johnson – December 2017

We hope those of you in the US had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Our international American Thanksgiving with friends from four different countries: the US, Czechia, Albania, and Lebanon.
Leslie’s Baltic Trip
I had the privilege this month to travel to Lithuania and Latvia. I had two hats to wear: to visit Christian schools there on behalf of ACSI Europe; and to visit with families in Klaipeda, Lithuania, who are connected with our mission, Global Scholars.

With the ACSI hat on, I traveled with Mr. Lazslo Demeter, Director of ACSI Europe. We visited four Christian schools and a school set up for home schoolers. Each director had interesting stories to tell of God’s provision and help. But they also shared where they are struggling. Struggling with government requirements, finding enough Christian teachers, financial trials, etc.

In both Latvia and Lithuania, church schools are allowed. Depending on the country, there are different provisions from the government. Therein is the financial rub: in both countries, thousands have emigrated elsewhere to earn money, taking their children with them. The economies are struggling, so the government does not have enough money to pay for education.

None of the schools have just children from Christian homes. And none of the schools have 100% Christian staff. There just are not enough Christians in these countries. But they do serve their communities well and use the schools has opportunities to share the Gospel among both students and staff. One school even has a Bible just for non-Christian staff. They use this opportunity to explain “Christianese” to them and in the process, are able to share the good news of Jesus.

One exciting part of this visit was to hear the vision of the people running these schools. Whether to grow bigger to serve more in their communities or to start 100 Christian schools in the next few years, it is fun to hear what the Lord has put on their hearts.

With the Global Scholars hat on, I was able to meet with the families who serve at Lithuanian Christian College in Klaipeda, Lithuania. It was a joy for me to meet the Global Scholars kids, and hang out with the adults and talk about educational and other issues that families face when living outside their home culture. I also got to meet with two other moms not connected with Global Scholars but who are connected with the college.

Pray for Lithuania and Latvia. Pray for the Lord to raise up Christian teachers. Pray for the Lord to provide for these schools financially. Pray for the Global Scholars families serving in Lithuania.

Leslie with her Global Scholars families and with Laci Demeter and our translators at the Rainbow Way school in Klaipeda, Lithuania

A Vignette from Tom

When I walked into the hotel in Bogota I was greeted, “buenas tardes.” It was just after a rather long flight, so my mind was foggy. I think I responded in Czech, “dobrý den.” Four days later my high school Spanish was re-activated to the point that I ordered dinner in Spanish and got what I wanted. Two and a half days after that I walked into a Czech church to speak for a conference. When I was greeted “dobrý den,” I caught myself just before I said “buenos días.” I got the language right for the greeting! Fortunately, my speeches were in English.

My upcoming travel:

  • December 4 & 5, plenary speaker, Vietnam National University
  • December 14, meeting with the Cardinal President of the PCPCU (Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity) at the Vatican; this cardinal is a leader in Catholic efforts to respond to Christian persecution.
  • We travel to the US for two+ months. See the news about the sabbatical.
A report on our principles of interacting with Roman Catholic leaders, “Collaboration without Compromise,” is available here.
Tom and his translator at the Fellowship of European Evangelical Theologians Czech branch conference

An Upcoming Sabbatical:
Short but (Lord willing) Sweet!

The Lord is gracious to us. Last winter, we became convinced Tom should not be in Prague in the winter any longer. He was just getting too sick. We started praying. How in the world can one be a missionary snow bird? We knew the Lord would need to provide because we did not want to pay rent on two different places at the same time.

This winter, thanks to a colleague at Global Scholars, Keith Campbell, the Lord has provided a FREE mission house to stay in the Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina, area. We are humbled by God’s kindness to help Tom and thankful to friends who serve in this way.

During this time, Tom will be praying, resting, thinking, and Lord willing, planning and starting his next writing project. Leslie will be babysitting our new little grandson, as well as planning some workshops.

Tom will not be available to speak during this time. However, Leslie is available. Let us know if you would like information of what she could talk to a group about.

We leave for the US on December 15. Please pray for safe, uneventful travel, as well as a good time with our kids and their families at Christmas and Tom’s sabbatical.

Thank you so much!

We appreciate you all and are thankful for the Lord’s work through you!

In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.
Click here to donate now. Use the drop down menu to make your designation to “Prof – Johnson, Tom and Leslie.”

Global Scholars is equipped to receive financial gifts, as well as vehicles, real estate, stocks, precious metals, electronics, gift cards, commodities, jewelry, etc.

Praises:
We thank the Lord for:

  • The successful speeches given at the Reformation 500 conference in October and the FEET (Fellowship of European Evangelical Theologians) Czech Branch conference in November. Good conversations occurred at both events;
  • A safe and interesting trip of Leslie’s to Lithuania and Latvia with opportunities to talk to young people in their chapel programs;
  • Christian schools in the Baltic region;
  • The success and good healing of Tom’s cataract surgery.
Thank you! and Continue Praying

At the time of this writing, late November, we are still about $6,500 in deficit in our support.

Our humble thanks to those of you who gave generously over the last month or so. Thank you!!

Please continue praying for the Lord’s provision. We do not lose sleep over this because we know our God is sovereign over all things. If he cares about sparrows, he cares for us.

One thing to note: except when we go for support raising or the upcoming sabbatical, all of our travel for ministry is covered by other sources. It does not come from our support account.

Please pray for:

  • The Lord to cover our deficit.
  • The Lord to lead churches and individuals to increase their support as they are able.
Thank you for your prayer and financial support over the years. Without each one of you praying for us and many of you supporting us financially, we could not be doing what the Lord has called us to do at this time.

Prayers:
Please join us in praying for:

  • Our support account to get refurbished and general increase in support;
  • Continued safety in our travels: Tom to Vietnam and Rome; both of us to the US for sabbatical;
  • Tom’s presenting of an important speech in early December;
  • Christian schools in Central and Eastern Europe to find more Christian teachers; there is a huge shortage of Christian teachers and every school asks for prayer for more;
  • Persecuted Christians around the world who are suffering great loss;
  • The refugees in the Czech Republic and Europe as they try to make sense of their lives and survive;
  • Leslie’s work on websites for Tom and her, as well as developing potential speaking ministry.

“Trees of Christmas” Sermon Series Begins Tomorrow! (Sundays, 9:30AM)

Date Title Text Speaker
November 26 Tree of Knowledge Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7 Don White
December 03 Tree of Healing Exodus 15:22-27 Don White
December 10 Tree of Jesse Isaiah 11:1-10 Don White
December 17 Tree of Crucifixion Galatians 3:10-14; 4:1-7 Mike McOrmond
December 24 Trees of Second Coming Psalm 96 Don White
December 31 Tree of Life Revelation 22 Jim Harden
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Grace Covenant Ministries, November 2017

Greetings,

We hope you will have a blessed Thanksgiving. You are included as one of the blessings for which we thank God.

Attached is this year’s edition of the “Echoes from the Hills”. Many of you will be receiving this soon in your postal mail boxes. If you cannot open the pdf attachment, let me know and I will send you a copy in another format or thru the postal system.

A couple of additional items:

Please remember Tommy Miracle (our Director of Campus Operations) and his family in your prayers. His mother, Eva Miracle, passed away on November 13.

Last month we stated that we were seeking an additional $5,000.00 in funds to cover some unbudgeted expenses (such as having to replace fire alarm systems. A supporter has come forward with a challenge stating that they would match any new or additional gifts we receive before Dec. 31 up to $2,500.00. We have received a couple of “additional” gifts already. If you can help us it will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks for sharing this Prayer Warrior with others. If you know of someone who would like to receive this email please let us know. If you want to be removed from our mailing list please contact us.

Jacob “Jake” L. Moss
Development Director, Annville Institute/Grace Covenant Ministries
Cell Phone 606-438-4719

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Ethnos360 Bible Institute, August 2017

Many new beginnings!

Ethnos360 Bible Institute Sign

Today is OPENING DAY for the new Bible School year! (and we have a new name: Ethnos360 Bible Institute.) Many Freshman just arrived and the excitement is high for what God has planned to teach all of us in this new year!

Today is Reece’s first day at his first full-time job! He drove off this morning to work for a year at a furniture store where he will be delivering and assembling. His plan is to save enough to be a student here at Bible school by next year! We are excited for all God has planned to grow him in this year!

This week Dave will begin his 9th year of full-time teaching God’s Word. What a privilege! He will also be commuting one day a week to seminary to take a class.

This week starts my change of ministry. For 8 years I worked in the school’s mail room, but now I will begin serving one day a week in child care and also front desk receptionist. I’m glad to work with the student’s babies and little ones so that the mom’s can be full-time students.

Another new happening is that Clark will start high school (homeschooling with me) in about 2 weeks. Reece enjoys happily reminding him that he has 4 more years of school;)

God is GOOD and His plans of growth for us are good. On to a new year!
Dave, Kim, Reece & Clark Field

 

Just as a reminder 🙂

New Tribes Mission is now called Ethnos360

New Tribes Bible Institute is now called
Ethnos360 Bible Institute

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Bible League, August 2017

“We know God sent us this Project Philip Bible study after so many years of praying because now we can understand God’s Word and how to help others see the Gospel,” a believer from the Mieng tribal people living in northern Vietnam offers. “After so many years without God’s Word, thanks to you we have this gift.” Most are farmers in the Nguyan Province, about 100km north of Hanoi, and others live in rugged mountainous areas beyond roads, “but today there is a church of Mieng believers and God has blessed us because we can now understand the Bible.” This is how God’s Word is transforming lives today—because of your help, lives are being transformed. Continue reading “Bible League, August 2017”

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Bible League, September 2017

To get to the remote church in Mtendere, Zambia, you travel dusty roads through crowded, makeshift slums, and the smoke of smoldering fires choking the air. But then you see the tin-roofed church and dozens of children running to the sound of singing from within. “My girl’s life has completely changed,” a mother says, “you can ask her yourself—she’s right there. Her name is Sarah.” When the Project Philipfor Children Bible study ends, Sarah skips toward her mother and answers a simple question this way, “The Bible taught me about Jesus, and I love Jesus because he loves me.” Sarah’s mother adds, “The reason Sarah can read is because of this Bible study. There is no school for her because we are poor. But this has changed her life. It has changed all our lives.” Continue reading “Bible League, September 2017”