Four mission works in the PSW continue to receive care from the Home Missions Committee and Mark Sumpter. These church plants—Trinity (Waco), San Antonio Reformed, South Austin Presbyterian, and Good Shepherd (Sugar Land) need to bolster their prayer ministries, their cultivation and training of leaders, and their welcome and hospitality. South Austin and Good Shepherd ask for the Lord to provide permanent locations conducive for worship. As well, pray for wisdom and courage for Mark Sumpter as he works alongside Deacon James Roberts from July 17-August 1 in outreach and evangelism throughout the Houston area. Give thanks that Mr. Miller Ansell completed his church planting internship in Houston in June and ask God to direct his steps in
Matt Cotta shares two requests for prayer related to outreach in Pasadena. The first request is for a man (and his wife and son) who Matt met through his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Bible study. This man was badly hurt by the church in his childhood, and while still professing to be a Christian, he has not been a member of the visible church for some time. Matt asks for prayer that his interactions with him will help to heal old hurts and show his need to worship with a body of believers. The second request is for a new ESL outreach held at the church on Sunday afternoons called “Pasadena English Corner.” This has primarily been attended by visiting scholars from China who have come to L.A. to finish degree work. After the class all are invited to
The Lord is adding to the number at Coeur d’Alene Reformed Church. Pastor Graves recently baptized a covenant child and soon they hope to receive two new families into membership. The church is also gearing up for a big outreach opportunity at the Hayden Days Festival on July 27-28. Hayden Days is an annual community event in the city of Hayden, Idaho, which borders Coeur d’Alene. It includes a parade, talent contests, music, and booths for various local vendors, businesses, and charities. Last year the church rented a booth and engaged with event attendees by passing out literature, painting faces, and offering a free drawing. Several people they met at Hayden Days later attended their Reformation Conference last fall. Please pray that the
God is using the prayers and outreach efforts of his people at Grace Fellowship OPC to bring in several visitors. Larry shares, “We continue to be in a season of sowing- bit by bit we are sowing seeds in conversations and making relationships.” An individual that the church has been praying for visited worship again recently. He seemed affected by the Word preached and agreed to return. Larry also reached out to another man who attends a Roman Catholic church on Saturday nights and who is often busy on summer Sundays with a sailing club. The weather wasn’t good on a recent Sunday and the man showed up at Grace Fellowship. He said, “It’s no fun to paddle a sailboat, so I came to church.” He also said that he would come to worship again.
As the school year ended the last week of May, the Cashens had planned to stop their after-school program and spend a bit of time evaluating and improving it. However, the Lord had other plans. On June 4, when they returned to their classroom space at Brentwood Apartments, they were greeted by about 15 children who were waiting for the after-school program to begin. They had their first ever impromptu after-school program that day. And, as a result of the children’s interest, they decided to extend the program for another five weeks of summer. Please pray that God would work in the hearts and minds of these dear ones who have come from distant lands, many of whom have suffered much turmoil and tribulation. Pray that the Spirit would