Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Heather Burkhalter, shingles

Heather has shingles again for the fourth time-this time on her face so far. Her one eye hurts so we are hoping it does not affect the eye.--Prayers appreciated thanks

Rick Lilly, stroke

As you may have heard, it appears that Rick Lilly suffered another stroke over the weekend. Below is the text that Penny posted on Rick's Facebook page yesterday. I know that they would both appreciate our prayers.

-- Andy

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Update on Rick...For all those who have had him in your prayers and heart! He is on the other end of the chaos and we are working on recovery. Saturday he was not feeling well and I took him to UNMC... after much discussion the residents finally took me serious that he did not follow the normal patients manifestations for stroke... He is very fortunate that he has little physical damage but has to rewire expressing himself and writing.. however he can understand and read. So thus I have to make up for his Facebook savvy of which I am not as proficient lol. He will be at the Madonna house for 10 days for specialty rehab which will help him recover the fastest. So if you text him it might be awhile before he can respond ... and I will try to become more proficient on FB... 


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Thelma Hoskins UPDATE

After being hospitalized for low sodium, then in rehab, Thelma contracted pneumonia and ended up back in the hospital. Complicated by arrhythmia, she was taken to a hospital in Lincoln. She is now stable and on her way back to the Clarinda hospital... let's keep her in our prayers

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Pastoral search -- Dodge City, KS

Jeff Turner, senior pastor at our Dodge City church announced his resignation, effective roughly at the end of May. (Jeff will begin serving a church in a sister denomination in Sioux Falls, SD.) I'm writing you with two requests.

First, would you and your churches make the pending leadership change a matter of prayer? As you know, such transitions are key moments in the life of a church. Please pray that God will reveal the man of his choosing.

Second, you may be aware of good potential candidates for this position. They may or may not be credentialed in the MC. If not, they would need to be (in your estimation) able to be credentialed with us. If you have such men on your radar, would you ask them to send me their resume? 

I'll be meeting with the leadership of the Dodge City church next weekend. After that meeting, I should have a better idea what kind of leader they're looking for. In the meantime, I'd appreciate your prayers and any help you might provide in the search process.


-- Andy Petro (District Superintendent)

Monday, March 27, 2017

Pic(s) of the Month - Schilinski Family in Cameroon

Serving the Lord in Cameroon... Reaching the lost and needy.

Up and rolling again!

The rains have finally come to West Africa after a long 4-month dry season. It is wonderful to not have dust everywhere anymore and we're grateful for cooler days and evenings. It's a bit like the equivalent of spring as everyone has starting planting their farms, grass is turning from brown to green, and trees and bushes are sending out fresh buds and branches. It is one of our favorite times of the year in Cameroon. 

Praise the Lord the container is out and at Helping Hands Children's Home! Finally, after a 17 and a half hour drive up to Bamenda (less than 200 miles) we had a great celebration!  Jake, the staff, and kids have been busy organizing everything inside.  We are excited for the Vineyard Hall to soon be completed so many of these items inside (books, desks, windows, ect.) can be used.  Thank you to everyone that prayed, donated, and sent us words of encouragement during the two weeks it took to get the container out of the port. This is the 5th time Jake has dealt with the port and got a container out. This was by far the easiest. 
Praying and praising God for the arrival of the container
Pulling down the wall to get to all the things inside of the container
We realized that we hadn't put this in an update yet, that we had only posted it on Facebook. In January we had mentioned we were welcoming Marvin into Helping Hands Children's Home. He was a 14-year-old orphan who was in the final stages of AIDS and severely sick. The doctor fear that if he went back to live with his sister he would not live long. He was only in the orphanage for three weeks (and half of that time was spent in the hospital), but he had been welcomed with open arms into the Home; he already had a special place in all of our hearts. Sadly, Marvin went to be with his Savior February 12th due to liver failure. The doctor had made his rounds an hour before and all seemed well but then he rapidly declined. We rejoice in the fact that he's finally pain-free and has a new body in heaven. Born with a HIV, Marvin's short 14 years here on earth had been filled with much suffering and heartache. It is a startling reminder to us how much need there is in Cameroon and how we should continue to reach out to those in need with the love and light of Jesus.
The strikes are still on going in our region and the SW region. There are still no schools or internet. At least one day a week is mandatory "ghost town" where all businesses are closed, no taxi's moving around, and everyone is expected to remain inside their home. Good news though, we have found a company that could set up a satellite dish in our yard that provides us with slow, expensive internet but at this point we feel that it is worth it. It has been challenging to run a ministry without internet; trying to coordinate with the head office, staying in contact with partners, working out logistics with future volunteers, checking our bank in the States, etc. not to mention staying in contact with family. So for now we have internet again, PTL! Please keep Cameroon in your prayers, it is a difficult season for everyone.
Lastly, because of the ongoing strike we have made the decision to close Faith Bible School indefinitely. For the last 3 months, Win Our Nations has been paying rent and two full time staff with no income from students. We will be moving out of the premises this month and our secretary is on leave for now. Our coordinator will be staying with Win Our Nations to help out with other aspects of the ministry. We hope as soon as the strikes are over that the Bible School can start up again. Please continue to pray.
Thanks again for all your prayers and support as we see the work continue in Cameroon.  We know that God has great plans for this year. 

Till Next time,
The Ski Clan ><>
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Update from the Schilinski Family in Cameroon, Africa.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Burkhalter apartment fire

Pray for Heath and Verginia and family who lost everything in a fire last night. Praise God, everyone is safe