Friday, October 20, 2017

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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

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Larry Jones, update

The doctor has taken Larry off "chemo" because of the terrible side effects that almost took his life. As his body sheds the chemo, he's been feeling a lot better and was even able to mow the yard this week.

Larry has been in contact with other cancer centers and (so far) they all feel there's little can be done. It's a very rare form of cancer which no doctor knows much about. He had a CAT scan (yesterday?) and now has 2 spots of cancer on the lungs, which is an indication that the cancer is traveling in the body and could wind up in other organs.

Larry is on a natural product that may help, but more than anything, prayer is where his and our greatest hope lay. Larry says "Keep on praying!" And that's just what we need to do... keep the prayers a comin!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Prayer Updates - July 5

Jilisa McIntyre broke her fibia (small calf bone) playing Tag in last week's VBS. She will have surgery soon (date not yet set)

Larry Jones is continuing to have "chemo" for cancer

Jamie Grider will have hip replacement surgery on July 11

Pray for the children who attended our VBS  will grow in the Lord, and stay faithfully His, forever

Prayer for our church's finances that every need be met, that our members will faithfully and generously support the ministry of Harvest Fellowship

Pray for this Sunday's Service (and every time we meet), that the Lord would be glorified, that our members grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord, that we each give witness to the saving grace of God, that the lost be saved and the devil defeated

Friday, June 23, 2017

Help needed at Timber Lakes ASAP -- time sensitive

Our district superintendent, Andy Petro, sends this message: 

As you probably know, Timber Lakes Camp suffered extensive storm damage over the past week, with trees and tree limbs down all over the property. Randall is in great need of timely help. Someone has donated heavy equipment and their time and expertise through Sunday evening, but Randall desperately needs some additional help to take full advantage of that equipment. 

Would you, or  a work team from your church, be able to help between now and Sunday? Again, I can't stress enough that time is of the essence! If you can help, please let Randall know immediately. 

Thank you!

-- Andy

Friday, June 16, 2017

Larry Jones update

After Larry began 'chemo' he became very dehydrated and weak. Today he was transferred to Kansas University Hospital. He has a blood infection and the kidneys have issues... keep him in your prayers.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Encouragement: Jesus is Winning!

As we reach the mid-point of 2017 what is God saying to us?
There is an overall sense that change is speeding up in all areas of life across the globe, and in ways that are unprecedented. I am convinced that we must look at all of these things from the broader view of what God is doing across the earth, constantly encouraging ourselves of the rapid advance of the kingdom into the final unreached places of the world.
In 1974, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association convened a global gathering in Lausanne, Switzerland. The discussion was the Great Commission. Eighty countries of the 240 in the world sent delegates, which was a great achievement at that time. Ralph Winter stood up at the conference and talked about "unreached people groups." It was a new concept to almost everyone.
Today, just 44 years later we are able to interact with Christian leaders from every country of the world. We have been able to find all of the unengaged, unreached people groups. We know the following about each one:

·    Is the scripture available?
·    Is there a Christian witness?
·    Is there any growing church movement?
·    Is there gospel content available in audio or video formats?
·    Are there full or part-time Christian workers?
·    The primary languages they speak?
·    Religious background?
·    Geographic location?
Together, we are rapidly moving towards engaging every people group on earth!
Let's remind ourselves that we are in the midst of the greatest mission's thrust in church history! There are more believers today than there has ever been, the Bible is available in more languages than ever before. There are moves of God in not only every country of the world, but soon every state and province. In some countries, kingdom movements are down to the city level, even every neighborhood.
You and I have a key role to play in this extraordinary time in church history. We are on the front edge of this global Great Commission advance. In the midst of our busy daily lives, we need to see the bigger picture, "Jesus is winning!"
Your friend and co-worker,

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Pray for our national conference

The "Shift National Conference" is July 10-13. Jon Brenneman and I will be attending. This is our denomination's most important gathering, meeting every two years. With it just 4 weeks away, the Missionary Church is calling for a  24/7 week of prayer, July 3-10. Would you join us by signing up for just a one hour time-slot? Simply go to and pick a slot.

If you like, you can connect with others who sign-up for the same slot or so that a church group could participate via conference call or a web site called ZOOM. Our church can meet as a group to pray or individuals can sign-up to pray. The important matter is that we cover this conference in prayer. Prayer guides will be sent to participants. Let's trust God for a move of His Spirit in our midst.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Prayer Needs this week

Larry Jones begins an intensive and extensive chemotherapy for a rare form of bone cancer--beginning today

Today is the start of this week's Youth Camp at the Timber Lakes Camp; Next week is Children's Camp. June 26-30 is our Community Vacation Bible School, in conjunction with the Shambaugh Methodist church. Let's pray for a real 'move of God in these camps and at the VBS for for many to be saved

Comfort for the Hoskins' family in the loss of the family's matriarch, Thelma Hoskins

Jamie Grider is to have hip replacement surgery

Sharon Morgan had thyroid cancer, which was removed but other "spots" being tested. Richard Morgan is having painful tightness in his calf muscles

Norm Blaisdell has a number of health issues; congestive heart, mobility problems, and other things

Over top of everything, let us pray for the Glory of God, the coming of His kingdom, the witness of believers, the salvation of the lost, the transformation and growth of His church. Pray for the outpouring of His Spirit upon us all that we may love Him, obey Him, and bring glory to Him

Friday, May 12, 2017

John Hansen, health problems

Pray for John who's in the Clarinda Hospital (Rm 205)
He has a separated rib and a lot of side pain
He also has colitis and Drs. are check for cancer

Urgent need for Children's Camp workers

The Children's Camp committee is in need of your help. Because of the number of children registered for camp we are in need of additional staff to allow us to have adequate supervision throughout the week. With camp starting one month from today, we are feeling the pressure of recruiting those needed workers. Would you please announce to your people that we are looking for about 7 more female workers (adults or older teen) and 3-4 more male workers (adults or older teens)?  Would you also consider talking directly with those you feel might do a good job in this role and encourage them to seriously consider this opportunity to impact young children for Christ (bulletin or verbal announcements have limited effectiveness – a personal contact is much more effective).
Anyone who feels led to help at camp should contact Kendra Blackwood (402/595-0731 or right away. However, they also need to send in one of the staff application forms so that we can get t-shirt sizes and permission to run a background check.  By the way, if you already have adults or teens who are planning on helping at camp, please have them send in a staff application form if they have not already done so.
In about a week we will be sending out a list of all the campers who have registered so that you can have that information as you make plans to transport your kids to camp
We are excited about this summer's children's camp and we believe that God is going to use this event to significantly change the lives of all who attend. Thanks for your help in promoting camp and recruiting workers.
Have a blessed day!
Dave Miller

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Thelma Hoskins, visitation and Celebration of Life service

Thelma's visitation is this FRIDAY 5-7 with the Celebration of Life service on SATURDAY 10am, both at Harvest Fellowship. Burial will be in the Clarinda Cemetery. Luncheon​ to be served, back at the church

Here's the online details:

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Thelma Hoskins, passed away

Surrounded by family, with her gaze upon the Lord, and the bright hope of eternal life, Thelma has passed from this life unto the next.

Let us pray for God's comfort upon those she leaves behind

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Health concerns

Jamie Grider, May 8 left hip replacement

Thelma Hoskins, recovering from a # health issues

Ryan Potts, intestinal troubles. Possible Celiac disease

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

* * *

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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