We are excited to be a part of the Hi Plains School of Missions this year. The theme is 20/20 Vision 2020. We will be visiting 18 churches in 3 weeks in Western OK, Southern KS and Northern TX. Please pray for us as we take this journey that God will touch lives, and His name will be magnified and glorified.
Well, we survived the 3 weeks and 17 churches. And while our bodies are very tired, our souls are full! God is so very, very good!!!
We met many people and made so many friendships. Even now, just one day home, I already miss some of our new friends and long to be with you all again soon! May God bless you all for your faithfulness to Him and for the love and friendship you showed Laly and me.
Please continue to pray with us that God will provide the needs we shared with you during the School of Missions. That the work will continue and that His name will be magnified and glorified!
“And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.”
Week one took us across the paths of some amazing people. We traveled to Shattuck, OK. for the first two days where we met with Marvin & Vicki, Vic & Linda Peterson and the other 6 missionaries. We got to know a little more of the missions each represents. On Saturday afternoon we all said our goodbyes and got on the road.
The churches we visited were: First Christian Church - Elkhart Ks., First Christian Church - Buffalo, OK., Hi-Land Christian Church - Pampa, TX., Iglesia Christiana de Amarillo - Amarillo, Tx., First Christian Church - Dalhart, Tx.
We gave away one authentic Indian item at each church and we really hope the winners will enjoy displaying it in their home. An above all, we hope they will pray for India Christian Bible College when they see it.
Below are some pictures from each church.
Week 2 will see us traveling to:
Freedom Christian Church, Freedom, OK,
Town and County Christian Church, Alva, OK,
Driftwood Christian Church, Cherokee, OK.
First Christian Church, Seiling, OK.
First Christian Church, Lone Wolf, OK,
and Talogo Christian Church, Taloga, OK.
Week two continued our journey with more of God's wonderful people. Simply the best!
We started in Freedom, Ok where we had a wonderful service Sunday morning at Freedom Christian Church then continued on to Town and Country Christian Church in Alva. From there we visited Driftwood Christian Church in Driftwood, OK, FCC in Seiling, FCC in Lone Wolf and ended up at Taloga Christian Church in Taloga, OK.
We made many new friends while also reconnecting with a few old friends. It was a fantastic week!
Week 3 will see us traveling to:
Protection Christian Church, Protection, KS.
First Christian Church, Custer City, OK,
First Christian Church, Sayre,, OK.
First Christian Church, Shattuck, OK.
Booker Christian Church, Booker, TX,
and First Christian Church, Laverne, OK.
3rd week started all the way in Protection, KS. Even though it was a cold 42 degrees, members came out to hear the work of ICBC. The people were amazing and our fellowship with Rusty and Suzanne was beyond fantastic. The potluck lunch had around 10 different delicious casseroles and then all the fixins. With a full stomach, we departed to Custer City for Sunday evening service. For this service Dani Joslin and my daughters Rebekah & Miriam Joseph joined us. We had an uplifting service. Then the next day, it was on to Sayre, OK. We met in the fellowship room and after the meal we presented ICBC to them. Kerry Hookstra even took out a full page ad in the Beckham County paper to advertise the School of Missions. Next day we went to a familiar place to present - Shattuck, OK. It was so good to see familiar faces: Vic & Linda Peterson, Marvin & Vickie Garrison and my friend Debbie Watson from Woodward. Booker TX was our next stop and we were pleasantly surprised to see over 50 students there for Wednesday service. They listened to our presentation, I taught them a couple of Malayalam words and at the end they asked questions about the living conditions in India. Thank you Matt for the coordination and help. Our final stop was Laverne, OK. where we had a wonderful and heartwarming time with the folks there. It was so nice to see Doug again!
1) MONTHLY SUPPORT
Over the past 5 to 10 years, monthly support for ICBC Ministries has decreased by around 50%. This is primarily due to Churches changing leadership, less of an emphasis on Missions, dwindling and dying churches. Our goal is to raise new support from gaining new sponsoring churches and also from individuals in the amount of $5,000 per month.
2) EXPAND OUR WIDOW MINISTRY
We have the opportunity to expand this ministry to help an additional 80 widows per month. 40 more in Punjab and 40 more in Andhra Pradesh. The cost for this will be $1,000 per month which will provide food packages, medicine, shelter, clothing, doctor care, and hospital care. $12,000 annually will allow us to take care of these 80 more widows
3) RICE FOR HUNGRY/COVID RELIEF
Covid has hit India extremely hard. Before the total lockdown, we were able to distribute over 3,000 food packages to families who were starving. This fed about 15,000 people. As soon as we are able, we will once again begin distributing food packages. We can feed another 3000 familes, or 15,000 people again for $30,000.
We ask that you would pray with us about these needs.
As the holy spirit leads, please consider becoming a partner with us in making a difference in the many, many lives touched through ICBC Ministries.
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