Missions Prayer Requests

Week of 22 Nov 2020

 

HOME MISSIONARIES                                                                             

 

Emily Skinner: (COS) The current Compass course will be the last one of 2020.  There are 34 adults and 23 children – five of the children are in Emily’s CHIPs class.  These five little people will be going with their parents to the Middle East, East Asia, and Southeast Asia.  Emily has made good connections with these kiddos – they appear to have open, learner’s hearts.  Pray for continued connections with these children.  Pray they will be open to receive the tools and lessons the Lord has for them to transition to intercultural life.  Pray for their Moms and Dads as they learn how to carry the Gospel to cultures and places that have never heard of the Name – Jesus!

 

Kevin Green: (COS) Kevin met with Pastor Garrette Graupner at Fervent Church.  Pray they will be able to schedule an Evangelism Explosion workshop soon.  Pastor Jim Murray of Pueblo First Church has asked Kevin to teach a Share Your Faith Workshop in February 2021.  Pray for these workshops and for those who need to attend them.  Kevin is teaching Everyday Evangelism to two ladies via Zoom.  One of these ladies is going to be an Evangelism Explosion field worker like Kevin and is in the process of raising support.  There have been several cancellations due to sickness.  Pray they can all stay well and finish the training.

 

Kent and Elizabeth Slack: (COS) Praise the Lord, Christian Challenge’s entire leadership team is out of quarantine.  This past Tuesday evening was the first Bible study they’ve all attended since late October.  Christian Challenge continues to see new students joining Bible studies each week.  One student claimed to have lost his faith in God.  However, in past weeks this student has attended several Bible studies.  Another student was motivated to begin sharing his faith with his roommate after a Bible study.  Now the roommate has asked to join the Bible study. The fall 2020 semester has been strange yet God continues to show Himself in big and small ways!

 

FOREIGN MISSONARIES

 

K and B:  Pray for the little girl in Swirl land who was swept down the river during her Mom’s baptism ceremony.  The little girl was under water for 40 minutes.  The believers in Swirl land have been praying for this little girl 24 hours a day since she drowned.  Now this little girl is talking, smiling, eating and laughing.  When this girl drowned many non-believing relatives said they should not have been being baptized.  This was a superstitious act!  Please pray for this little girl and her mother as her miraculous healing is a testimony to the God of the universe!

 

Mark and Lona Webb: (Killarney, Ireland) Continue to pray for the lady recuperating from the biking accident.  Madeleine’s best friend’s Mom, who lives in Colorado, was involved in an auto accident.  Thankfully there is no spinal cord damage.  Pray for her partner as he has several broken ribs.  Pray for his salvation and healing for both.  Praise the Lord, Madeleine had a great first week at her new job.  Pray for the marriages at Grace Baptist Church.  Also pray for Ian as he has tests over the next two weeks.

 

Herb and CelesteLast week Herb and Celeste had their landlords over for dinner.  The conversation eventually became spiritual in nature, in fact one of them asked Herb and Celeste, “Have you heard from God before?”  Praise God for such a question which opened the door for Celeste to share her personal testimony about how she had heard from God and how confident she was in the one true Creator God who hears and is powerful enough to respond!  Their neighbors continue to attend church with them; afterwards they have spiritual conversations over lunch.  Pray Holy Spirit will draw these people to accept Jesus as Lord.

 

Robbyn Booker: (Spain/COS) You may remember the tragedy Robbyn shared in September about the fire at the refugee camp on the island of Lesbos, Greece.  The European Union took notice and created a new commission on migration and asylum.  The new commission relocated 720 unaccompanied minors to Germany, France, Italy and other European Union countries.  Additionally 1600 immigrants were relocated to the Greek mainland.  However, there are still approximately 8000 people at an alternate camp and the conditions are worse than they were on Lesbos Island. High winds close to the coast cause it to be very cold and the tents are very flimsy and built on the ground. There is no drainage and frequently people are living in mud.  Some of the refugees have relocated themselves voluntarily back to Lesbos Island because there are still three meals a day being served there.  However, this island has been previously used as a military firing range.  There are lead bullet fragments all over the island.  The children in these families are at risk from toxic lead pollution.  The European Union hopes to have all of these people relocated by Easter of 2021, however, that is an ambitious plan for so many people.  Please pray for these people, that the governments will do their best to take care of them.

 

Oswald and Amanda: Oswald and Amanda have been assigned to a new team in East Asia. Please pray for visas, for travel restrictions to be lifted and for a smooth transition to a new team. Also pray for medical support where they’re being assigned and that God would simply eradicate the COVID-19 pandemic.

 



15 Nov 2020 Missions Prayer Requests

Week of 15 Nov 2020

 

HOME MISSIONARIES                                                                             

 

Emily Skinner: (COS) The current Compass course will be the last one of 2020.  There are 34 adults and 23 children – five of the children are in Emily’s CHIPs class.  These five little people will be going with their parents to the Middle East, East Asia, and Southeast Asia.  Emily has made good connections with these kiddos – they appear to have open, learner’s hearts.  Pray for continued connections with these children.  Pray they will be open to receive the tools and lessons the Lord has for them to transition to intercultural life.  Pray for their Moms and Dads as they learn how to carry the Gospel to cultures and places that have never heard of the Name – Jesus!

 

Brooks Salgado: (COS) Christian Challenge has been meeting with the UCCS students meeting every other week as a large group at VGBC and every other week in smaller home groups.  There were a few cases of coronavirus among the students and leaders but the symptoms were caught early and students were placed in quarantine.  Please pray for student’s health and ability to get over the virus quickly.  Praise the Lord nearly every student leader is actively discipling five different students right now!  Please pray they will humbly and faithfully lead the students who have been entrusted to them to meet one on one or two on one on a weekly basis.  Thank the Lord for Brooks meeting his fundraising goal and is now able to work full-time ministering to students.

 

Kevin Green: (COS) Kevin has begun visiting churches and God is opening doors to churches who feel led to train and equip their people to be confident, effective witnesses for Christ.  Kevin met with Springs Lighthouse pastor, Brian Michaels, two weeks ago. Their church would like to start a Share Your Faith workshop in January 2021.  After that they would like to start an eight-week Everyday Evangelism class.  Please pray for Springs Lighthouse as they fix a date on the calendar and prepare to have these classes.  Pray these classes will result in a lifetime of purpose driven disciples equipping other disciples to be confident, effective, intentional witnesses for Christ.

 

Kent and Elizabeth Slack: (COS) Praise the Lord, Christian Challenge continues to see new students joining their Bible studies each week. The Lord continues to encourage the Christian Challenge leadership – one student claimed to have lost all faith in God.  However, in the past weeks this same student has been a faithful part of Bible studies.  Another student was motivated to begin sharing his faith with his roommate after a Bible study.  Now that roommate has asked to join the Bible study. The fall 2020 semester has been strange yet God continues to show Himself in big and small ways!  Lord please have Your way in the lives of these students!

 

FOREIGN MISSONARIES

 

K and B:  Pray for K and B’s daughter, son-in-law and their little girls as they get over COVID-19!  Pray for K and B’s new team members.  Pray for the details which need to come together as they seek visas to their country.

 

Dusty and Ashley Jackson: (Near Seoul, South Korea) Dusty and Ashley are teachers at the Gyeonggi Suwon International School South of Seoul.  During the typical school year cross country track team season goes throughout the fall semester but this year’s cross country season was only the month of October.  Dusty coached the track team again this year and encouraged his students to use a fitness application on their phones so they could train and encourage each other virtually.  The team did truly come together while they were out training on their own around their apartments and neighborhoods.  Last week Dusty preached a sermon in secondary chapel using first Corinthians nine about running the race for Christ! Throughout the message you could see his students nodding to each other and relating to the spiritual significance this passage had in their lives!  Their school is in a constant state of flux between having face-to-face classes, a hybrid schedule or totally online. Please pray for the government and leaders to make wise decisions for the health of the students and faculty.

 

Mark and Lona Webb: (Killarney, Ireland) Praise the Lord the 2021 Killarney calendars have been mailed to donors/supporters!  Please continue to pray for the Killarney ministry and please reach out to the Webbs to encourage them. They would be grateful for your prayer and financial support!  Praise the Lord Madeleine started her job this past week. The ladies Bible study has begun.  Please pray for St Oliver’s National School.  Even though Grace Baptist is not meeting there for a while, they hope everyone stays well.  Grace Baptist has built a good relationship with the school.  Pray for the woman in their church who is convalescing from the bicycle accident.

 

Herb and Celeste: Praise the Lord for the positive response to Celeste’s talk she gave to the ladies last weekend.  Pray for another on-line marriage study with friends in the big country.  Celeste is co-leading a Moms In Prayer group with several ladies.  Herb continues to teach a Sunday morning Sunday school class.  Pray the Lord will provide the applications from the Scriptures which apply to each person.  Pray for Herb’s time management as there are several deadlines he needs to meet this week.  Pray as they continue to disciple Clint,  Snowy and Lulu on the Mainland.  H and C had a dinner date with their landlord and his wife this past week.  Pray the conversation turned spiritual and that the landlord and wife gave their lives to Christ.

 

Robbyn Booker: (Spain/COS) You will remember that Radio Vida transmits and ministers mostly to the immediate local area around the radio station in southern Spain.  Over a year ago they were instructed to close down radio operations because it was too expensive to transmit.  But they found they could stay afloat by turning off one transmitter and keeping one transmitter running – reaching about half the area.  The station is still ministering to the locals with Christian programming.  Recently a call came in to the radio station from a lady who had found her husband living a double life of drugs and alcohol. She separated from him and then one day the radio dial fell onto Radio Vida with a program about addiction.  The program ministered to her to the point where she was referred to a Christian ministry nearby to give her and her husband the help they needed.  Please continue to pray for this vital ministry as it continues to minister to people in southern Spain.

 

Oswald and Amanda: Oswald and Amanda are headed back to East Asia and another people group!  Pray for them as they assimilate into their new team.  Praise the Lord they already know some of the team members.  Pray for the Lord’s perfect timing, visa paperwork and details to fall into place as they move back overseas.

 

 



Missions Prayer Requests

Week of 8 Nov 2020

 

HOME MISSIONARIES                                                                             

 

Jonathan and Myrna Ferre: (COS) Jonathan pastors Iglesia y Verdad (Grace & Truth Church).  It is a Spanish speaking church plant by the Pikes Peak Baptist Association.  Please lift him and his family up as they serve this congregation.  The Ferre’s could use your support; please contact the Pikes Peak Baptist Association at 719-635-0026 or ppba@ppba.org.  A young man attending their church has been influenced by false teaching.  Please pray for this man that he would patiently hear the truth of the Gospel.  Pray for some newcomers to their church to take their new member’s class.  Pray for more people to be led to help with their children’s ministry. 

 

Kent and Elizabeth Slack: (COS) Kent is the Director of Christian Challenge (CC) on the UCCS campus.  They have had a great semester so far and they would love to be able to finish the semester with all the students they’ve had the privilege of getting to know.  UCCS has decided to go to online classes after Thanksgiving.  CC is currently alternating their Bible studies between church and home groups to cater to everyone’s comfort level.  Brooks Salgado their staff member is leading the guys’ group and two alums, Rachel and Sydney, are leading the girls’ group.  One of their main goals is to teach students how to grow in their personal walks with Christ so discipleship is a fantastic tool for them.  Pray for both the students being discipled and also those who are leading in discipleship to be faithful and committed to the process.

 

Isaac and Becca Herold: (Greeley, CO) Isaac and Becca have finished over thirty hours of foster care training.  There are just a few more home visits and paperwork to be accomplished and then they will be certified foster parents.  Pray for them that the Lord would bless and be the Head of their parenting!  Last weekend one of their students was baptized!  He had been attending events during the semester.  Praise the Lord for the connections made to help this young man see the truth in Jesus Christ!  Praise the Lord for the paying down of their student debt!  $5,250 was donated then doubled by their generous matching donor – $10,500 paid down!  The donor is extending this matching opportunity through June 2021.  All one-time gifts will be doubled through June 2021.

 

Life Network: (COS) Praise the Lord for Life Network’s gala event last month and for the raising of over $400,000 for their pregnancy clinics. Thank the Lord for their advocacy for the unborn child!  Pray for the opportunity Life Network has in reaching young women seeking abortion. Pray these women will contact and reach out to Life Network and make appointments with staff and volunteers.  Pray these women will choose life for their babies.

 

FOREIGN MISSONARIES

 

Herb and Celeste: Praise the Lord a new couple is on their way to H and C’s location as new members of their team! Pray their paperwork is processed ASAP. The couple will fill roles as graphic artist and project manager.  There is the potential for two others who may be in the pipeline to their team.  A young man on the mainland recently prayed to accept Jesus into his heart. This young man was led by one of H’s disciples.  Pray for this young man as he continues to disciple others in the Lord!  H and C are beginning to teach an online marriage class with some friends in the large country.

 

Robbyn Booker: (Spain/COS) Praise the Lord Reach Beyond’s real estate in Spain will soon have new owners!  Reach Beyond’s Dutch and United Kingdom offices are interested in using this property for their fast track program!  The building will be converted from offices into training areas for the fast track program and the land is large enough to accommodate training and testing of projects such as water well and recycling projects. The radio studios will remain and can also be used for training purposes.  Agreements have been drawn up – please pray this transfer will occur as anticipated! May God give Reach Beyond another 20 years of service in Spain.

 

Casas Por Cristo: (Mexico) Casas Por Cristo is a para-church organization which ministers to the poor in several countries. VGBC has a long partnership with the Casas Por Cristo office in El Paso, Texas.  This organization facilitates building homes for poor families across the border in Juarez, Mexico.  This year we tried twice to send a team to build houses and both times, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we could not go.  Pray for our VGBC volunteers who are already working on planning a March 2021 mission trip to build a home.  Pray for those who will volunteer to build and also pray for the financial resources for each family.  Each year VGBC conducts a rummage sale of secondhand goods which supports the building of houses in Juarez, Mexico.  This year the rummage sale was canceled so pray for financial resources designated to support this Ministry.

 

Oswald and Amanda: O and A have interviewed for their follow-on assignment.  Their sending agency is evaluating which people group to send them to.  Please pray for their agency’s wisdom as they consider where O and A should be serving.  Pray for O and A’s preparation (spiritual, physical, mental) as they ready themselves for overseas ministry.

 

K and B:  Their daughter is on the mend from COVID-19 but now her husband has it and one of their daughters.  Thank the Lord the cases seem to be mild.  There is also an aunt and a cousin who are likely infected.  Please pray for them to heal and that no other family members will be infected.  There are four new team members on their team.  These units have to receive visas to come into their country.  Many countries are still closed due to health concerns.  Pray for these new team members as they bide their time in the US waiting for clearance from the host government.

 

Mark and Lona Webb: (Killarney, Ireland) A woman recently contacted the Webbs and told them she was raised in their church and told them how the church had a part in building her foundational faith. This woman became a missionary to the Far East and Turkey and now lives in England with her own family. She wants to come back and visit whenever travel restrictions are lifted. This has been a tremendous encouragement to the Webbs!  The lady in the biking accident had to be readmitted to the hospital. She is now home again but in tremendous pain; please pray for her rehabilitation.  Please pray for the ladies in the church who want to have some fellowship time by walking in the park also the ladies who are starting a new Bible study this week.  Pray for the pastor and his family in Kinsale who now have the virus. They are feeling OK but pray for their recovery. 



Missions Prayer Requests

Week of 1 Nov 2020

 

HOME MISSIONARIES                                                                             

 

Jonathan and Myrna Ferre: (COS) Jonathan pastors the church Iglesia y Verdad (Grace & Truth Church).  It is a Spanish speaking church.  Please lift him and his family up as they serve this congregation.  This church was planted about four years ago by the Pikes Peak Baptist Association.  The Ferre’s could use your support, please contact the Pikes Peak Baptist Association at 719-635-0026 or ppba@ppba.org.  A young man attending their church has been influenced by false teaching.  Please pray for this man that he would patiently hear the truth of the Gospel.  Pray for some newcomers to their church to take their new member’s class.  Pray for more people to be led to help with their children’s ministry. 

 

Isaac and Becca Herold: (Greeley, CO) Isaac and Becca have finished over thirty hours of foster care training.  There are a few more home visits and paperwork and they will be certified foster parents.  Pray for them that the Lord would bless and be the Head of their parenting!  Last weekend one of their students was baptized!  He had been attending events during the semester.  Praise the Lord for the connections made to help this young man see the truth in Jesus Christ!  Praise the Lord for the paying down of their student debt!  $5,250 was donated then doubled by their generous matching donor – $10,500 paid down!  The donor is extending the opportunity through June 2021.  All one-time gifts will be doubled through June 2021.

 

FOREIGN MISSONARIES

 

Robbyn Booker: (Spain/COS) Years ago Robbyn worked with Pastor Pedro who pastors several Quichua churches south of Quito, Ecuador.  He also runs a daycare center for underprivileged children.  Weeks ago Pastor Pedro contracted COVID-19 but is now feeling better – praise the Lord!  His 25 year old nephew was murdered and in September he found out his father had passed away.  Pastor Pedro is now in his hometown taking care of his 88 year old mother.  Since he has been away taking care of his mother, he has continued to present the Gospel and Bible studies to his church congregation via Zoom.  Eighteen new people have come to know Jesus as Savior!  Pray for Pastor Pedro – for his health and stamina as he ministers on so many fronts.

 

Dusty and Ashley Jackson: (Near Seoul, South Korea) There have been many changes in their school since the first day. They began with a hybrid schedule of 2/3 of the students on campus and 1/3 online and that has changed over the three weeks since school began.  The number of COVID-19 cases within South Korea dictates how much time students can spend on campus.  Pray for the chapel services that Ashley leads; that they will be engaging and impactful for the students. Dusty is scheduled to preach at the secondary chapel this week (Friday, 30 Oct). Pray the Lord will provide him the right words that will meet the student body’s spiritual needs.  Their school has been encouraging staff members in their spiritual walk. Ashley and Dusty are leading a group of faculty members in small Group Bible study.  Pray the faculty will have a desire to go more deeply in their walk with the Lord.

 

Casas Por Cristo: (Mexico) Casas Por Cristo is a para church organization which ministers to the poor in several countries. VGBC has a long partnership with the Casas Por Cristo office in El Paso, Texas.  This organization facilitates building homes for poor families across the border in Juarez, Mexico.  This year we tried twice to send a team to build houses and both times, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we could not go.  Pray for our VGBC volunteers who are already working on planning a March 2021 mission trip to build a home.  Pray for those who will volunteer to build and also pray for the financial resources for each family.  Each year VGBC conducts a rummage sale of secondhand goods which supports the building of houses in Juarez, Mexico. This year the rummage sale was canceled so please pray for financial resources to come in to support this Ministry.

 

Oswald and Amanda: O and A have interviewed for their follow-on assignment.  Their sending agency is evaluating which people group to send them to.  Please pray for their agency’s wisdom as they consider where O and A should be serving.  Pray for O and A’s preparation (spiritual, physical, mental) as they ready themselves for overseas ministry.

 

K and B:  After weeks of interviewing future team members K and B have asked four units to be a part of their team.  Pray for these new team members as they work toward visas and becoming part of the team.  Currently all newbies are in the US and must get visa paperwork through proper channels.  Pray for those applicants who are still waiting on a follow-on assignment that were not selected.  Recently K and B drove to a different area of their country to visit a team member couple.  The husband was born in this region but is a naturalized US citizen.  He speaks the minority target language and three other languages.  He and his wife met while they attended seminary in the US.  He is teaching local pastors basic Bible study, preparing sermons and ministering to their churches.  She is writing and teaching Bible songs to teach children Bible truths.  This couple is so valuable to the Gospel message because of their faith in Christ, training and their command of the languages!  Pray for this couple.  Pray for K and B’s immediate family as a number of them have COVID.  Pray for their health as they go through treatments commensurate to their age.

 

Mark and Lona Webb: (Killarney, Ireland) Praise the Lord Madeleine has a seasonal job which starts on 9 November! God is blessing Grace Baptist in many ways during a very difficult time.  A lady in their church was in a biking accident and was injured. She is home convalescing but in a lot of pain. Pray the ladies in the church can meet once a week to walk in the park.  Pray for a new weekly prayer meeting which will start on Tuesdays.  Also pray for a new ladies Bible study. Pray The Lord would be magnified during these studies! Pray for a lady at Costa Coffee who received a tract from Mark. She is very stressed about the pandemic and needs comfort.

 

 

 



Missions Prayer Requests

Week of 25 Oct 2020

 

HOME MISSIONARIES                                                                             

 

Brooks Salgado: (COS) Brooks is an alum at UCCS and is the newest member on staff with Christian Challenge at UCCS.  Brooks has been doing everything he can to connect with students.  However, because of the COVID -19 restrictions he is unable to go onto the campus.  He has been leading Bible study and activities in off campus housing and being as creative as possible.  In his spare time he is raising his financial support.  Please pray for Brooks as he approaches people for financial help.  Pray the Lord would remind him He has called him to serve!  Pray the Lord would encourage him as he seeks financial help.

 

Emily Skinner: (COS) Mission Training International is a para-church organization in Palmer Lake, Colorado which prepares missionaries for cross-cultural ministry around the world.  The training also includes the children of those missionaries.  That’s where our VGBC church member Emily Skinner comes in.  She helps direct the CHIPs (Children’s Intercultural Programs) and works with little people to prepare them to help their mommies and daddies on the mission field.  It would be easy to assume her duties are babysitting but that is way off base.  The curriculum she teaches prepares these children to complement their parents as they minister.  The latest graduates are headed to seventeen different nations around the world.  Pray for these families as they take the Gospel to other cultures in Jesus’ Name!  Pray for Emily and the rest of the MTI staff as they take a breather between classes and get ready for the next class.

 

Isaac and Becca Herold: (Greeley, CO) Isaac and Becca head the Christian Challenge (CC) ministry at the University of Northern Colorado.  They have had four students come to faith this semester!  Pray for their spiritual growth.  Pray also for the CC leadership team as they are feeling overwhelmed with academics, ministry and COVID-19.  Pray for an urgency to share the Gospel.  Pray for divine connections with students who are searching and need to hear about Jesus Christ.  Pray for Becca and Isaac as they have applied to be foster care parents.  If all goes well they could be foster parents by the end of the year.

 

Nicy Murphy Colorado Missions Offering Update: Thank the Lord for your selfless gifts given over the last few weeks.  To date we have received $12,378!

FOREIGN MISSONARIES

 

Casas Por Cristo: (Mexico) Casas Por Cristo is a para church organization which ministers to the poor in several countries. VGBC has a long partnership with the Casas Por Cristo office in El Paso, Texas.  This organization facilitates building homes for poor families across the border in Juarez, Mexico.  This year we tried twice to send a team to build houses and both times, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we could not go.  Pray for our VGBC volunteers who are already working on planning a March 2021 mission trip to build a home.  Pray for those who will volunteer to build and also pray for the financial resources for each family.  Each year VGBC conducts a rummage sale of secondhand goods which supports the building of houses in Juarez, Mexico. This year the rummage sale was canceled so please pray for financial resources to come in to support this Ministry.

 

Oswald and Amanda: O and A have interviewed for their follow-on assignment.  Their sending agency is evaluating which people group to send them to.  Please pray for their agency’s wisdom as they consider where O and A should be serving.  Pray for O and A’s preparation (spiritual, physical, mental) as they ready themselves for overseas ministry.

 

K and B:  These past weeks have been hard for K and B.  One of their colleagues, a young 41 year old man, collapsed and died one week after receiving a sterling physical exam.  He leaves behind a wife and three children.  Another 33 year veteran from Swirl land is now fighting for her life in a US hospital!  K and B’s daughter has COVID-19 – so far her husband and three daughters are negative and are staying away from Mom!  At this writing K and B are in another village encouraging them with food, love and a message that Jesus loves them!  If you feel led to encourage them with a card of encouragement please place it in the missions box in the office.  Please don’t put religious sentiments in the card – simply let them know you are praying for them and love them.  This will be most encouraging to them!  (Do not seal the card’s envelope.)

 

Herb and Celeste: Praise the Lord H and C have their Alien Resident Cards!  Two of H and C’s old friends from their previous home on the mainland recently went on two separate mission trips.  One group visited people in a poor farming community.  When they got there they discovered the Christ followers had been hard at work.  Two men were ready to accept Jesus as their Savior.  Two other men were ready to be baptized!  During the day they would share the Gospel across the countryside.  In the evenings they would disciple believers with Bible study and teach Godly leadership.  The second group revisited an area they had visited two years previously with the main purpose of establishing a church.  When they arrived they were able to gather the Christ followers together where they formed a church and elected deacons just like in the early church in Acts!  Later the team’s van broke down and they had to borrow a car to ferry the team to the next location.  Those left behind sheltered under a traffic policeman’s tarp and sang hymns.  The police officer enjoyed the hymns and asked the team if they weren’t afraid of the party leaders and they answered the officers if they would like to hear about how to receive Christ as their Savior!  Pray for these fearless ambassadors.

 

Mark and Lona Webb: (Killarney, Ireland) The Irish government is implementing tighter restrictions which will be in effect for 3 to 6 weeks. Pray for everyone involved. Pray for the church to stay focused on God’s word during this time of restriction.  The mental health of the nation is not good already – there is suicide and abusive addictions and now the prolonged lockdown is liable to make it even worse. Pray people will turn to the Lord and read His word.  One of the ladies in the church has been witnessing to a postman. He has been very open to the Gospel and reading the Bible. Pray for his heart to be softened and to listen even more to this woman’s encouragement.  Madeline received a job interview for some seasonal work.  Please pray for this job opportunity.

 



Prayer Requests

Week of 18 Oct 2020

 

HOME MISSIONARIES                                                                             

 

Emily Skinner: (COS) Mission Training International is a para-church organization in Palmer Lake, Colorado which prepares missionaries for cross-cultural ministry around the world.  The training also includes the children of those missionaries.  That’s where our VGBC church member, Emily Skinner, comes in.  She helps direct the CHIPs (Children’s Intercultural Programs) and works with little people to prepare them to help their mommies and daddies on the mission field.  It would be easy to assume her duties are babysitting but that is way off base.  The curriculum she teaches prepares these children to complement their parents as they minister.  The latest graduates are headed to seventeen different nations around the world.  Pray for these families as they take the Gospel to other cultures in Jesus’ Name!  Pray for Emily and the rest of the MTI staff as they take a breather between classes and get ready for the next class.

 

Isaac and Becca Herold: (Greeley, CO) Isaac and Becca head the Christian Challenge (CC) ministry at the University of Northern Colorado.  They have had four students come to faith this semester!  Pray for their spiritual growth.  Pray also for the CC leadership team as they are feeling overwhelmed with academics, ministry and COVID-19.  Pray for an urgency to share the Gospel.  Pray for divine connections with students who are searching and need to hear about Jesus Christ.  Pray for Becca and Isaac as they have applied to be foster care parents.  If all goes well they could be foster parents by the end of the year.

 

Kevin Green: (COS) Kevin is a field implantation worker with Evangelism Explosion (EE).  Kevin teaches curriculum which instructs people how to share their faith with others and do it confidently.  COVID-19 has prevented him for several months from meeting with area pastors but the doors are now opening up again.  Please pray for Springs Lighthouse and Pastor Brian Michaels.  Kevin met Pastor Michaels weeks ago and the pastor was excited about the EE curriculum and equipping his church family on sharing their faith.  Pray they can schedule a workshop.

 

Kent and Elizabeth Slack: (COS) This has been a unique semester, yet Kent reminds us God is not bound by restrictions placed upon us!  So true!  While it would be easy to focus on the normal things they cannot do due to COVID precautions, they are choosing to focus on the things they can do.  They have had a good number of students attending bible study and events.  They have some fairly young Christians and they also have students who have decided to try Christianity again.  Pray they are able to nurture and encourage these students.  This is a challenging year for their small leadership team.  Pray for them to be encouraged, strengthened and faithful.

 

Nicy Murphy Colorado Missions Offering Update: (Colorado) Thank the Lord for your selfless gifts given over the last few weeks.  To date we have received $12,328!

FOREIGN MISSONARIES

 

K and B:  Last week K and B shared the story of a 6 year old girl who was watching her Swirl mother get baptized when the little girl got too close to the river and was swept downstream.  Praise the Lord there are improvements.  She is off the ventilator but they are concerned there could be brain damage – she was without oxygen for approximately 40 minutes.  The Swirl church is fasting and praying for this little girl.  Please pray for this girl and her mother!  K and B have been asked to facilitate a “Trauma Healing Group” to assist fellow Ms who have been displaced by the security breaches.  The Ms are in shock and saddened because they cannot return to their previous ministry locations.  Ask the Lord to empower K and B as they seek to serve their colleagues.

 

Robbyn Booker: (Spain/COS) An update from the Shema Media Group – the radio station in Mardin, Turkey is now operating 24 hours a day, uninterrupted, due to the new backup generator VGBC helped to fund earlier this year!  The email received from Reach Beyond’s partners (Shema) says how grateful they are for VGBC’s and other’s support to see the Gospel go out to this part of the world.  Recently the Shema Media Group received a letter from a couple in Mardin who had seen a video streamed from their station.  The wife had questions.  Shema put this couple in touch with a local church to provide answers to their questions.  Pray this couple and others will hear and receive the clear Gospel message.

 

Dusty and Ashley Jackson: (Near Seoul, South Korea) Dusty is the cross country coach again this year.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the season will be shorter this year.  Most of the track meets are during October.  Pray for safety for the team and for divine opportunities for Dusty to speak to the youth about Jesus.

 

Herb and Celeste: One of their teammates arrived this past week!  They are excited she is finally there.  She will be in quarantine for 14 days.  Their local congregation is bilingual – pray H and C will be helpful to this local body of believers.  Pray their neighbors and their landlord and his wife would accept Jesus as their Savior.  This past week they began planning another virtual event.  Pray all their work is done in a way which brings glory and credit to the Lord!  Pray for more team players to arrive to complete their team.

 

Mark and Lona Webb: (Killarney, Ireland) Praise the Lord the church is again meeting by Zoom!  This is a “praise” because it is not new to Grace Baptist Church – they have been doing this for a while and they are now comfortable with it.  Praise the Lord for the technology!  Ireland is now on level three restrictions. Please pray for Ireland’s leadership.  Pray for the school students and staff as they seek to stay well and healthy. Pray the Lord would help Grace members stay connected with each other.  Many Grace Baptist Church spouses and family members are not believers.  Pray for these family members that the Holy Spirit would soften their hearts and that they would accept Jesus as Savior.

 



Missions Prayer Requests

Week of 11 Oct 2020

 

HOME MISSIONARIES                                                                             

 

Kevin Green: (COS) Kevin is a field implantation worker with Evangelism Explosion (EE).  Kevin teaches curriculum which instructs people how to share their faith with others and do it confidently.  COVID-19 has prevented him for several months from meeting with area pastors but the doors are now opening up again.  Please pray for Springs Lighthouse and Pastor Brian Michaels.  Kevin met Pastor Michaels two weeks ago and the pastor was excited about the EE curriculum and equipping his church family on sharing their faith.  Pray they can schedule a workshop.

 

Kent and Elizabeth Slack: (COS) This has been a unique semester, yet Kent reminds us God is not bound by restrictions placed upon us!  So true!  While it would be easy to focus on the normal things they cannot do due to COVID precautions, they are choosing to focus on the things they can do.  They have had a good number of students attending bible study and events.  They have some fairly young Christians and they also have students who have decided to try Christianity again.  Praise the Lord for the opportunity to nurture and encourage these students.  This is a challenging year for their small leadership team.  Pray for them to be encouraged, strengthened and faithful.  Pray their Godly influence will go deep in the lives of the students they are reaching.

 

Life Network: (COS) Pray for the Executive Leadership Team as they look ahead to next year, take the goals the Lord has given them as a team and begin to work on budgets. Budgeting can be difficult in uncertain times like this and they want to be good stewards of the Lord’s finances. Pray for wisdom, insight and courage as the team works together to form a cohesive plan to present to the Board in November.  As they transition to fall, please pray for the health of staff, volunteers and their families. There are several members of the team wrestling with long-term health concerns of family members. Please pray for healing and for the comfort and strength of the Lord to be with them as they go through difficult life circumstances.  

FOREIGN MISSONARIES

 

Dusty and Ashley Jackson: (Near Seoul, South Korea) Ashley and a colleague at their school had preplanned the worship chapel worship structure for their elementary school aged students for the semester.  Then the school went to online learning,  At first Asheley’s reaction was sadness because she was looking forward to the personal interaction with the students as they discovered truths about Jesus.  But going online with chapel and Christian videos has been a true blessing!  Most of the students and their families are not Christian.  Many of them are from Japan, India and China and have never heard of Jesus.  Now the students and their families are hearing and watching Gospel videos and their message each week.  Pray these families will understand and accept the truth of the Gospel.

 

Herb and Celeste: Their virtual tour of what our missionaries are doing in East Asia was a huge success!  This project high-lighted what Ms are doing throughout the entire Pacific rim!  H and C are now in charge of bringing to light what God is doing through His ambassadors in these countries.  Pray for H and C and our ambassadors that they would be effective reaching the lost for Jesus. 

 

Mark and Lona Webb: (Killarney, Ireland) Grace Baptist Church was able to worship this past Sunday in St Oliver’s National School again!  Praise the Lord for keeping the students and faculty safe from COVID-19 during the month of September.  Also, a new couple visited the church as well.  The wife will attend the lady’s coffee time – pray for relationships to be established.  COVID cases have increased in the last month, pray for the government as it considers new lockdown guidelines.  Several families in the church have health concerns.  Several ladies in the community are asking spiritual questions.  Pray they continue to ask those questions and find the One who is Truth.

Robbyn Booker: (Spain/COS) In a country of 85 million people, Turkey probably has 8,000 Christians.  In the last couple years the Turkish government has cracked down on Christianity, deporting many Christian workers and missionaries.  However, because of Reach Beyond’s media partners and their radio and media network at least a quarter of the country is able to hear the Gospel message through radio, streaming, internet, social media and a very effective YouTube channel.  This ministry partner, by the providence of God, has received government approval to transmit.  There has been a large increase of people listening and receiving these transmissions.  One Christian team member recently was interviewed by a popular YouTuber who has a following of a million secular followers.  He was able to share his testimony as a Christian in Turkey.  The video shattered false stereotypes about Christianity and has received 50,000 views and over 2,300 comments.  Pray this door of opportunity stays wide open so many Turkish people can find the One, True God!

 

K and B:  Last week K and B told us about M colleagues who are in Dallas, Texas on home assignment.  The wife was admitted to a hospital where a diagnosis of Ramsay-Hunt syndrome has been confirmed.  The right side of her face is paralyzed and there is hearing loss in her right ear.  Also, another prayer request from Swirl land – this past week a Swirl village church was gathered at river’s edge baptizing a young woman.  A few steps away the young woman’s six year old daughter was swept away into the river current.  Ten minutes later the little girl was found but not breathing.  Her mother, who is a nurse started CPR but there was no response.  The Swirl church has been praying fervently for this little girl.  Many non-Christians have criticized them for practicing Christianity.  They have said this is what you deserve for practicing such a religion.  In the hospital she has been on a ventilator, but there are signs she is breathing on her own!  Now as of Tuesday, 6 Oct she has come out of her coma, drunk some milk and gone to the bathroom.  As of 8 Oct this little girl is off the ventilator!  Pray for this little girl’s full recovery and may the Lord be glorified!

 



Missions Prayer Requests

Week of 4 Oct 2020

 

HOME MISSIONARIES                                                                             

 

Kent and Elizabeth Slack: (COS) How do you engage college students when a worldwide pandemic is raging around you?  Kent, Elizabeth and Brooks are doing the best they possibly can by being purposeful in every opportunity to engage students.  They have been meeting for Bible study at VGBC.  Pray they can maintain their mandated healthy distancing yet engage where these students are at.  Pray they will be able to help students in their walk with the Lord.

 

Springs Rescue Mission: (COS) The Springs Rescue Mission (SRM) is committed to provide a welcoming and safe environment that transforms and empowers where they are.  SRM staff desire to share God’s word with guests to bring about spiritual, emotional and life-changing healing to those who are lost or carnal Christians who have lost their way.  Pray for SRM and their volunteers that they will make an impact for the Lord to the homeless in Colorado Springs.  VGBC provides monthly financial support to this organization.

 

Mercy’s Gate: (COS) Mercy’s Gate is a ministry which supports the working poor in our community with food, counseling and other direct services.  Mercy’s Gate has recently expanded their services to include a Medical Assistance Program.  This is a huge increase to better care for people struggling with medical needs.  Pray their volunteers would embrace this new part of their ministry and use them to better serve the Colorado Springs community.  Pray the Lord will provide the needed financial, church and volunteer support needed to sustain this new ministry.

 

FOREIGN MISSONARIES

 

Herb and Celeste: Their fifteen day home-bound quarantine and their 7-day self-imposed quarantine are done and they are in good health – Praise God!  They filed the required paperwork for their Alien Resident Cards.  Pray these cards will be promptly granted!  They attended church last Sunday for the first time since visiting VGBC in July!  Pray for their neighbors who are close to committing to Jesus!  Pray for wisdom and discernment as they explore ways to serve in a local congregation.  Pray for them in their new capacity that the projects they are working on are well received and encourage others to take up their cross and serve.

 

Mark and Lona Webb: (Killarney, Ireland) Grace Baptist Church met with Tralee Baptist Church last Sunday via Zoom!  The pastor at Tralee Baptist preached on preaching the Word of God, making disciples and relying on His promises.  Pray Tralee and Grace Baptist will be able to plant more churches in this area of Ireland.  Pray for a church plant in Skibbereen planted by local believers.  Westside and Grace are helping this church plant with encouragement and financial support.

Robbyn Booker: (Spain/COS) The refugee camp on the island of Lesbos, Greece was locked down on 3 Sep, due to an outbreak of COVID-19 cases.  On 8 Sep a fire ripped through the encampment forcing 13,000 people into the streets.  A temporary tent camp has now been built but now there are 243 confirmed cases of COVID in the camp.  Living conditions are bad and now winter is setting in.  New refugees arrive daily from Turkey – relations between Greece and Turkey are tense.  The Greek people are tired of dealing with this situation.  Please pray for the refugee men, women and children who are caught in the middle of this horrific mess.  Pray the governments will hammer out a resolution.  Pray for the aid workers, missionaries and Reach Beyond workers as they minister in Jesus’ Name.  Pray the refugees would be protected and accept Jesus.

 

K and B:  Recently K and B visited one of their team members.  This team member is trying to reach her own minority group for Christ.  The missionary woman was born in the region.  Her parents immigrated to the US shortly after the Vietnam War so this missionary is a US citizen and living among her own minority group.  K and B stayed in this woman’s home for three days.  Each morning they heard her singing worship songs in her native language at 5:00 AM.  Each morning at 5:00 AM this woman joins 30 other women on the phone and sings worship songs.  Most of the women are farmers and cannot read.  One woman who can read will read a scripture passage then there is teaching.  After they pray the women go to work.  This happens at 5:00 AM every morning, except Sunday.  On Sunday they sing and pray then they attend their church.  Pray for this woman and her impact on the lives of those people around her.  This missionary’s visa will soon expire – in fact she is on an extension right now.  Pray she will be able to get a renewed visa without having to return to the US.

 

This request just in from K and B…One of their team members is in the US and has just been admitted to a Dallas, Texas hospital with paralysis and weakness on the right side of her face and right arm.  Diagnosis is unknown – COVID test was negative.  Her husband is nt allowed to be with her.  They are asking for prayer.

 

 

 



Missions Prayer Requests

Week of 27 Sep 2020

 

HOME MISSIONARIES                                                                             

 

Mercy’s Gate: (COS) Mercy’s Gate is a ministry which supports the working poor in our community with food, counseling and other direct services.  Mercy’s Gate has recently expanded their services to include a Medical Assistance Program.  This is a huge increase to better care for people struggling with medical needs.  Pray their volunteers would embrace this new part of their ministry and use them to better serve the Colorado Springs community.  Pray the Lord will provide the needed financial, church and volunteer support needed to sustain this new ministry.

 

Isaac and Becca Herold: (Greeley, CO) Pray for the Christian Challenge ministry on the University of Northern Colorado campus.  A gracious donor has committed to matching any one-time gifts to the NAMB for the Herolds to pay down their education loans.  This offer goes away at the end of the month.  Imagine this young couple being able to conduct ministry without the weight of school debt!  How freeing that could be for them.  Pray also for their student leadership as they work to build relationships with students.  Pray for opportunities to meet and engage students.

 

Brooks Salgado: (COS) Brooks is the newest staff joining Christian Challenge.  He is a UCCS alum and has been participating in the Christian Challenge ministry for the past three years.  Pray for Brooks as he provides leadership to the ministry and as he raises his own support.

 

Emily Skinner: (COS) Emily is the Assistant Director of Children’s Intercultural Programs (CHIPs) at Mission Training International.  A new COMPASS course just started on Sep 7th.  Pray participants will have open hearts and minds that will be fertile soil for the seeds planted this month.  Pray the Lord will continue to provide health, flexibility and wisdom to navigate these unique times.

 

FOREIGN MISSONARIES

 

Herb and Celeste: H and C have finished their 15 day quarantine in their apartment and now for the next seven days they must avoid large crowds, workplaces and churches.  They will be totally done with quarantine by September 29.  Pray for their strength for the needed work ahead – there are several projects.  Thank the Lord several of their projects have been well received by readers.  Thank the Lord for coworkers and good neighbors who have taken care of their needs for food and taking out the trash.  Praise the Lord for good Internet service which allows them to continue their work.  Pray for their receipt of their alien resident cards. They are producing a two hour virtual event with multiple speakers and locations. Pray all details are completed and that the Lord will be glorified.  Pray for other helpers who are considering joining their team with special skills and experience. Pray the Lord will guide them as they make their decisions to serve.

 

Mark and Lona Webb: (Killarney, Ireland) Pray for Mark as he has spiritual conversations with people on walking club and Costa Coffee outings.  Last Friday during a walk a lady asked Mark questions about baptism, communion (the Mass), studying the Bible and what they believe.  Pray this woman will have a hunger and desire to study God’s word.  Here are other questions – what’s a Baptist?  Do you baptize at a certain age?  What’s the best Bible translation?  Pray for families in their church who are having relationship problems.  Pray these families would find answers by trusting the Lord and seeking His guidance that these relationships would be restored.  Pray for the teachers and students at St. Oliver’s National School.

Robbyn Booker: (Spain/COS) Reach Beyond’s ministry partner, Tharsis Betel, in Jerez, Spain works with refugees and the underprivileged.  This is the man who helps refugees to grow food from the hydroponic gardens.  When COVID-19 hit this part of Spain the Lord showed Betel they had to find a way to help the helpless that could not get out of their homes and apartments.  They began to cook for these needy people each day – sixty people needed this aid at first.  Then more food and supplies were received and more volunteers wanted to help!  Soon they were cooking for more than 2,000 people daily.  During this time numerous people trusted in Christ!  Pray for these new Christians and for their discipleship.  Pray for Tharsis Betel as he remains faithful to the Lord’s call on his life.

 

K and B:  K and B were just leaving to visit another team member when flash flooding inundated their road with a foot of water.  K waded out into the swamp and decided it was not a good time to leave on a long trip.  K and B are interviewing new people for their team.  Pray for Godly wisdom!  The meeting the Swirl pastors and leaders were going to have has been cancelled because of security concerns.  Pray for these church leaders and pray for their protection from government police.  Pray for the safeguarding of the Bible translation project.

 



Missions Prayer Requests

Week of 20 Sep 2020

 

HOME MISSIONARIES                                                                             

 

Nicy Murphy Colorado Missions Offering: The Nicy Murphy Colorado Missions Offering is a special offering earmarked to help Colorado Baptists share the Gospel in unique settings like youth camps, inner cities, ski slopes, revival meetings and disaster relief situations.  The VGBC goal this year is $15,000.  Please consider how you can help Colorado Baptists reach the lost in Colorado.

 

Brooks Salgado: (COS) Brooks is the newest staff joining Christian Challenge.  He is a UCCS alum and has been participating in the Christian Challenge ministry for the past three years.  Pray for Brooks as he provides leadership to the ministry and as he raises his own support.

 

Emily Skinner: (COS) Emily is the Assistant Director of Children’s Intercultural Programs (CHIPs) at Mission Training International.  A new COMPASS course just started on Sep 7th.  Pray participants will have open hearts and minds that will be fertile soil for the seeds planted this month.  Pray the Lord will continue to provide health, flexibility and wisdom to navigate these unique times.

 

Kent and Elizabeth Slack: (COS) The Christian Challenge ministry is unable to have their normal statewide fall retreat this month.  They will meet only one day, Sep 26th.  Pray for their planning and that students will participate.  Pray the Lord would give the student leaders in Christian Challenge access to students and the opportunity to share the Gospel.

 

FOREIGN MISSONARIES

 

Herb and Celeste: Their fifteen day quarantine should be up about 20 Sep.  Pray for their health to stay well.  Thank the Lord for friends and neighbors who are caring for them with grocery runs and taking their garbage out for them.  They are able to continue to work for their sending organization remotely but their apartment seems to be getting smaller and smaller.  Pray for the last steps toward work visas to go well.  Pray their neighbors would accept Jesus!

 

Dusty and Ashley Jackson: (near Seoul, South Korea) Dusty is coaching cross country again this year.  This is the only sport taking place this year at their school.  Pray students stay healthy and become a team as Dusty ministers to them spiritually and coaching them physically.  The men Dusty led in Bible study last year have moved to different countries.  He has announced the Bible study several times but there have been no takers.  Dusty understands the pressures on the faculty – teaching remotely is demanding – imagine teaching music remotely.  Pray the men teachers can see the strength gained from God’s word and that several might indicate a desire to study God’s word together.

 

Mark and Lona Webb: (Killarney, Ireland) Mark and Lona live in Killarney Ireland. He pastors Grace Baptist Church.  When it comes to Christianity, they live in a very apathetic society.   Mark and Lona are very intentional about reaching out and doing things for others that would draw them into conversation about Jesus. Recently Lona created 110 cupcakes to be given to the faculty and staff at the school where Grace Baptist meets. Pray these outreach efforts blossom into beautiful relationships where teachers and staff would feel welcome at church!  May these efforts result in people coming to faith in Jesus Christ.  Praise God – Ian’s first week of school went well.  Pray for continued good health for the teachers, students and staff at the school.

 

Robbyn Booker: (Spain/COS) Reach Beyond’s media partners in the Middle East are seeing a massive response to their broadcasts.  During the COVID-19 lockdown, people have been searching for answers about God, about their own mortality, about hope and the future.  In lockdown, people are consuming more TV, radio, and social media more than ever.  This past February and March Gospel videos from Arabic partners were viewed over 900,000 times compared to over 96,000 times at the same timeframe in 2019.  Reach Beyond partners are also discipling twice as many Muslim heritage believers than reached in 2019.  Pray for these partners which are committed to send the Gospel into the heart of the Muslim world.

 

K and B:  Swirl believers continue to feel persecution from police.  Churches have been shut down, yet believers continue to share the Gospel openly.  The Bible translation project continues as well!  Church leaders are planning to meet for two days.  They have asked for prayer for their safety, God’s Presence and His vision when they meet.

 

Amanda Peck: (North Macedonia) Amanda is readjusting to the US “culture” and is over her jet lag.  Her goodbyes to her Macedonian co-workers and friends were difficult.  Please pray for the continued ministry and Christian platform for Lydia – A Beating Heart.  Pray the leadership will be able to make inroads into a culture which does not understand the sanctity of life the way God intended it.  Pray for Amanda’s next steps as she seeks the Lord’s will in her life.