“Come to Me,

all you who labor and are heavy laden,

and I will give you rest.”

~Matthew 11:28~

Big 10 from teamromany

February 2009

This will be the final Big 10 from teamromany. In March, the International Mission Board will be implementing reorganization plans that have been underway for several months. All of teamromany members will still be working with Roma. We are excited that we will now be clustered with additional colleagues who are working with Roma in other countries. We will still be sharing prayer requests with you, but they will come in a new format and include prayer requests for Roma and those serving among them throughout all of Europe.

1. Thank you for praying for International World Changers leaders who traveled to Prague in January for planning and then on to ministry sites across Europe. Leaders were able to meet with teamromany missionaries to make plans for projects this summer. Please pray for the hundreds of college and high school students who will serve with us this summer through IWC projects.

2. Bob and Gayle are in Prague for team leader training. Pray for them as they complete assignments this month. Pray that the training will help better prepare them for their role in ministry. Boyd will lead one of the training sessions today. Please pray for him as he encourages and equips new team leaders.

3. Please pray for Boyd as he attends the first Cluster Leaders’ meeting Feb. 18-21. The leaders will be working on details of the new reorganization. Please pray for all those affected by the changes.

4. Last weekend Boyd and the Silbys made a visit to Slovakia. They were able to meet pastors and church planters who are working among the Roma. Pray for the Silbys as they make decisions about moving to Slovakia in the future.

5. Please pray for a team of students from Union University who will volunteer in Romania in March. Thank God for these students who are using their spring break for ministry.

7. Please pray for the village of Macin, Romania. The Hills and Banks have begun ministering in this area. God is beginning to open doors in this village. Pray that the Hills and Banks would know how to encourage the people there to grow in their relationships with Christ.

8. While in Slovakia, Boyd and the Silbys visited the village of Cino Bana. Fifteen Roma were baptized there last fall. Thank God for working in the lives of the Roma there and pray for these new believers to grow in discipleship.

9. Please pray for Daniel as he works with youth in villages around Cluj, Romania.

10. Please pray for Mirek, a Romany believer in Prague. He is considering moving to Brno to lead the Bible study. Until this time, a faithful Czech believer has led the group, but the Roma are very excited about having a Roma lead them. Thank God for the faithfulness of Mr. Smilek, the Czech man who had been open to serving among the Roma and pray for Mirek as he accepts this leadership role.

Thank you for praying with us and for us.

Daniel Byrd – Romania

Boyd and Jennie Hatchel – Czech Republic

Bob and Gayle Hill – Romania

Joe and Julie Silby – Czech Republic


Don Denton

It looks like Don may be coming home tomorrow. We will know in the morning.

. . .

WE are so excited that Don is coming home. It has been Saturday since I have seen him and last Friday since Joshua has seen him.

Thank you for your help.

Bless you our family and friends


About the same time that we began praying for Don Denton, we also became aware of the need of Emily Panter through Frann S. Clark. Emily posted a picture of herself, her mother, and the baby that was only a couple days old when Emily became seriously ill. As you can see, God had really answered the many prayers for Emily.

Mom was just able to spend the past two weeks with me. It was a wonderful visit. I assume it was more like what she had expected the visit to be back in october. Thanks for coming mom! I love you.

I received word that Mrs. Faye Price is continuing to improve and is now off the vent. Please continue to pray for her, her family, and the staff at the rehabilitation hospital.


Someone has come up with the following list of “politically correct” terms for teenagers:

* No one fails a class anymore, he’s merely “passing impaired.”
* You don’t have detention, you’re just one of the “exit delayed.”
* Your bedroom isn’t cluttered, it’s just “passage restrictive.”
* These days, a student isn’t lazy. He’s “energetically declined.”
* Your locker isn’t overflowing with junk, it’s just “closure prohibitive.”
* Kids don’t get grounded anymore. They merely hit “social speed bumps.”
* Your homework isn’t missing, it’s just having an “out-of-notebook experience.”
* You’re not sleeping in class, you’re “rationing consciousness.”
* You’re not late, you just have a “rescheduled arrival time.”
* You’re not having a bad hair day, you’re suffering from “rebellious follicle syndrome.”
* You’re not shy. You’re “conversationally selective.”
* You weren’t passing notes in class. You were “participating in the discreet exchange of penned meditations.”
* You’re not being sent to the principal’s office. You’re “going on a mandatory field trip to the administrative building.”
* It’s not called gossip anymore. It’s “the speedy transmission of near-factual information.”
* The food at the school cafeteria isn’t awful. It’s “digestively challenged.”

We have become experts at using language to hide the reality of our situation. We don’t hear much about homosexuals; instead we talk of those with an “alternative lifestyle.” Fornication is now referred to as “cohabiting with a significant other.” We rarely sin; we merely “fail to live up to our full potential.” It’s not a new game — the Pharisees neglected the welfare of their parents, but called it “Corban” (dedication to God).

Changing the wording doesn’t change the sin. “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20).

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North Carolina

Thank you for being there to pray today. Your prayers make a difference to many situations and many people.
Anna Lee