Friday, October 20, 2017

Use This Hobby Lobby Coupon to Pack a Shoebox

Visit your nearest Hobby Lobby to find items to fill shoebox gifts.
How To Pack Free Materials Drop-Off Locations
Pack Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Gifts for Children in Need!
Shop for Shoebox Gifts at Hobby Lobby!
Check out the new Operation Christmas Child plastic shoeboxes at your local Hobby Lobby! These sturdy, decorative shoeboxes can become valuable keepsakes for the children who receive them, and Hobby Lobby is the only place they can be purchased individually.
Also see our gift suggestions organized by age and gender and shop for items at Hobby Lobby.
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At Samaritan's Purse, we appreciate your partnership in sending the Gospel to the ends of the earth through simple shoebox gifts!
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Monday, October 9, 2017

Urgent Help Needed in Puerto Rico

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October 6, 2017
Dear Pastor,

Greetings, brother and sisters of the Missionary Church!
Are you feeling a little overwhelmed by recent crises around our country and our world ... hurricanes, earthquakes, mass shootings, wars and rumors of wars? In the midst of chaos, Jesus says, "Don't let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust in Me" (John 14:1, NCV). A few chapters later He adds, "In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world" (John 16:33, NIV).
I know your hearts have been touched by the situation in Puerto Rico because some of you began asking us how you could help even BEFORE we had sufficient information to answer that question. You know that just two weeks after Hurricane Irma, Puerto Rico was slammed with Hurricane Maria!
Because the entire island has been without electricity for an extended time, communication with our contacts there has been difficult, if not impossible. Thanks to Pastor Jose Mendez, our national Director of Ethnic Ministries, we are slowly putting together a picture of how devastating the situation is for this Caribbean territory and its people.
Most recent reports indicate ...
1)     Many have suffered significant damage to their church facilities and the homes of pastors and church families - including demolished roofs and heavy water damage which ruined carpets, furniture, supplies, equipment, and structures. Some lost literally everything. The picture included here is of the roof of our Missionary Church in Humacao, Puerto Rico.

2)     Roads and means of transportation have been wiped out.

3)     With dwindling food supplies and limited drinking water, looting has become a serious issue as people desperate for basic necessities grab at any opportunity to provide for themselves and their families. Food is selling for twice its usual price, and a small bag of ice is currently selling for eight dollars!

4)     Our government is reporting that many parts of the island will be without electricity for months!

5)     Flooding and disrupted sanitation systems further complicate environmental stress.
The Missionary Church family has responded generously in providing funding for relief work in Houston in recent months-and that is highly commendable! -but the need is even greater in Puerto Rico. The damage and loss is greater, but the resources from which they can draw are drastically lesser. Did you know that the median income in Houston is over $60,000 while the average income in Puerto Rico is less than $20,000? Even so, would you be surprised to learn that some of our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico gave from their "little" to help Houston in their hour of need? Now it's Puerto Rico's turn to receive.
The interesting thing about crises is that they provide opportunity for God to show His love to hurting people, and He usually allows us to partner with Him in the process. As we become God's hands and feet, hearts are changed - not just the hearts of the recipients, but also the hearts of the givers.
God's resources are UNLIMITED. Are you willing to let HIS provision be channeled through you ... again? As before,EVERY dollar you send will go directly toward hurricane relief for our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico whose need is so great.
Like with Houston, again THERE WILL BE TWO FUNDS TO WHICH YOU CAN DONATE, in order to help Puerto Rico recover. One fund (code #T-140) is for the direct assistance of Missionary Church pastors and churches themselves. These godly brothers and sisters have lost so much, and their church buildings are in immediate need of repair. Donations to the second fund (code #T-141) will be distributed by Puerto Rico churches to funnel immediate relief to the communities in which they are located. Your financial assistance will make it possible for MC churches right there in the midst of the mess to share the love of Christ with their own neighborhoods ... not only food and resources, but also the gospel as they develop relationships with people in their communities.
Remember, when you send your gifts and donations (mailed to: PO Box 9127, Fort Wayne IN 46899-9127 or by credit card online at our website, please indicate (on your check or in the "Order Notes" field when giving online) the amount you want to go to account #T-140 (emergency assistance to our Puerto Rican churches) and/or the amount for account #T-141 (emergency community assistance which will be administered through our Puerto Rico churches). Any donations without an account number designated will go toward the churches and pastors of Puerto Rico rather than community assistance.
Thank you for your faithful support in prayer and resources. With your help, your brothers and sisters in Christ will recover from this crisis, and God will make all things work together for good ... for His glory!
I am...
Yours in the King's Service,
Steve Jones, President

Missionary Church, Inc., PO Box 9127, Fort Wayne, IN 46899-9127

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Larry Jones, update

Larry is hospitalized.. sometimes in Shenandoah for radiation, and mostly in Maryville for walking rehab... he has 12 more radiation treatments to go. He hopes to be released and home next week

Larry's cancer is very serious and he has much pain in the hip and pelvis... prayer requested

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Pray for Ruby Hanson's brother

Please pray for my brother Frank Gerdom.  He has cancer.  There is a mass at the bottom of hi esophagus.   And a spot on his lung.  Will know more tomorrow after they do a PET scan.  Thank you.  He lives in Harvey Iowa around Knoxville.


Our Houston Churches Need Your Help with Disaster Relief!

Our Houston Churches Need Your Help with Disaster Relief!
We have all watched the news and seen the devastation that Hurricane Harvey brought to the greater Houston area.
During the ordeal Steve Jones, President of the Missionary Church, and Jose Mendez our Cultural Ministry Director and Houston District Director, were in daily contact receiving updates. The national office has continued to be in contact with Jose Mendez and the leaders of our churches to determine the best ways to assist.
In the past few days we have been able to assist in getting the necessary documentation in order for three of our churches to become centers for distribution of food and other resources in their neighborhoods. Already ten pallets of supplies have been unloaded at one church with more to come.
Missionary Churches in Texas like River City Community Church have already been able to get some much needed equipment and assistance to some of our Houston area churches. Work teams have already been active and others will be going in the next few weeks to assist.
But our churches need your help. Several churches had one to two feet of water in their buildings causing damage to air conditioning units, office equipment, flooring and portions of walls. Some of these churches are far from normal flood zones by as much as 50 miles so they do not carry flood insurance and will receive no help in flood related damages.
There is also opportunity for our churches to minister to those around them. That's why they are opening their doors for people unable to return to their homes and are providing distribution of food and other necessities. Our churches can use your assistance with this as well.
We need to help, and we need YOUR help to do it!
Steve Jones is urging ALL of our churches to collect offerings or to donate immediately from your church's resources to aid our hurting churches in the Houston area. Each person can give directly. Every dollar you send will go directly toward hurricane relief as our brothers and sisters in the Houston area struggle to regain their footing, and not one dime will be used for any other purpose!
We have set up two options for giving:
1. Emergency Assistance to Houston-area Missionary Church Pastors and Churches (Account #T-135)
We want to help our godly brothers and sisters who have lost so much, including church buildings in immediate need of repair.
2. Emergency Community Assistance (Account #T-132)
Our local churches will funnel immediate relief to the communities in which they are located, enabling them to rise to the occasion, bringing the love of Christ to their own neighborhoods. Our own churches will distribute not only food and resources, but also the gospel as they develop relationships with needy people in their communities. While all of us admire the efforts of the Red Cross and others to do large-scale disaster relief, imagine how the Lord could use the opportunities our own churches have to build relationships while providing relief to lost people in their own mission fields!
When giving, please indicate on the check and paperwork the exact amount you want to go to Account #T-135 or Account #T-132 (which will be administered through Houston-area MC churches). Any donations without an account number designated will go to community assistance rather than direct relief for our churches.
Contributions may be done by sending a check to:
Missionary Church, PO Box 9127, Fort Wayne, IN 46899
or online at
where you can give by credit card and indicate in the Additional Note section how you want your funds designated.
Continue to pray for our Houston area brothers and sisters. Pray also for those in the path of Hurricane Irma. Early reports from Puerto Rico indicate some wind damage, areas of flooding with power outages. The Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba and Florida will all be experiencing the effects of Irma in the next few days.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Support for Houston Flood Victims

From the Desk of Franklin Graham

BGEA Deploys Crisis-Trained Chaplains to Texas Hurricane Harvey Disaster Area

"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble."
— Psalm 46:1 (ESV)

Dear Friend,

My heart goes out to the people of South Texas, as the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey grows worse by the hour. As I write this, floodwaters continue to rise in many areas, and more than 50 inches of rain are possible by the end of the week.

Our Rapid Response Team chaplains are already there ministering to families near San Antonio. Approximately 250 crisis-trained chaplains are ready to provide emotional and spiritual care to people reeling from fear and loss at some of the hardest-hit locations in the coming weeks. Please pray for the millions who are enduring this terrible tragedy.

Will you also pray for the Texas National Guard, the military, law enforcement, first responders, and local leaders who are working so hard to help during this crisis?

May God richly bless you,

Franklin Graham
Franklin Graham
President & CEO
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

P.S. Your financial support enables us to train and deploy these chaplains at a moment's notice to the front lines of crises like Hurricane Harvey.

A ministry of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28201

Saturday, August 12, 2017

John Hansen in hospital

Pray for John, he's in a hospital in Des Moines with some kind of neurological issues. He's very weak and can hardly walk. tests are pending