Tuesday

You will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6 (NLT)

I talked with Sherry Rosamond. She said her son is glad to be home from the hospital. Pray for him as he continues medication to complete his recovery. Pray Dustin will be able to follow the doctor’s orders for his recovery.

Debbie Miller had a good medical report when she went for a check-up. She will see a heart doctor for the next check-up in six months. Thank God for Debbie’s return to good health.

Mrs. Annie Bell Harrell continues to need our prayers. She still is having the same problem that has plagued her for months. As always, she would be most appreciative of your prayers.

You may have noticed I haven’t posted an emails from Frann Smith Clark lately. When Frann doesn’t email, that means she is not feeling her best. Please pray for Frann, Riley, and their family members who are so attentive to their needs.

Many of you like to keep up with the Hatchels. Commission stories has posted some information on the Roma and a story about the Hatchels. You can find this at http://www.commissionstories.com/?p=51.

I especially enjoyed reading some of the Baptist Press articles that were released yesterday. I hope you will take time to read some too. I especially enjoyed the articles about Mike Hulkabee, graduations at NOBTS and SWBTS, as well as the story of the third generation at New Orleans. Many of you may know one of the Charlie Ray familes. I marked my favorites (***).
December 22, 2008

WASHINGTON–Gay activists demand Obama concessions for Warren pick. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=29553

FLORIDA–Huckabee: Christians should be firm, not angry about Wash. atheist flap. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=29554

*** FLORIDA–Huckabee pauses during book tour to preach. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=29555

MINNESOTA–Minn.-Wis. Baptists face financial challenges. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=29556

*** LOUISIANA–‘We own the night,’ Kelley tells graduates. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=29557

CALIFORNIA–5 married couples among GGBTS grads. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=29558

*** LOUISIANA–3rd generation earns doctorate at NOBTS. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=29559

KENTUCKY–Preach with authority, Mohler tells grads. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=29560

*** TEXAS–Southwestern wraps up centennial celebration. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=29561

NORTH CAROLINA–Merritt challenges Southeastern graduates. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=29562

NORTH CAROLINA–FIRST-PERSON (Paul Brewster): A life-changing trip. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=29563

WASHINGTON–Conservative leader Weyrich dies. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=29564

Why Jesus is Better Than Santa Claus?

JesusSantaSanta lives at the North Pole…
JESUS is everywhere.

Santa rides in a sleigh…
JESUS rides on the wind and walks on the water.

Santa comes but once a year…
JESUS is an ever present help.

Santa fills your stockings with goodies…
JESUS supplies all your needs.

Santa comes down your chimney uninvited…
JESUS stands at your door and knocks, and then enters your heart when invited.

You have to wait in line to see Santa…
JESUS is as close as the mention of His name.

Santa lets you sit on his lap…
JESUS lets you rest in His arms.

Santa doesn’t know your name, all he can say is “Hi little boy or girl, what’s your name?”…
JESUS knew our name before we were born. Not only does He know our name, He knows our address too. He knows our history and future and He even knows how many hairs are on our heads.

Santa has a belly like a bowl full of jelly…
JESUS has a heart full of love

All Santa can offer is HO HO HO…
JESUS offers health, help and hope.

Santa says “You better not cry”…
JESUS says “Cast all your cares on me for I care for you.”

Santa’s little helpers make toys…
JESUS makes new life, mends wounded hearts, repairs broken homes and builds mansions.

Santa may make you chuckle but…
JESUS gives you joy that is your strength.

While Santa puts gifts under your tree…
JESUS became our gift and died on a tree…the cross.

We need to put Christ back in CHRISTmas, Jesus is still the reason for the season.

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

(http://retirementwithapurpose.com/christmas/jesusbetterthansanta.html)

I hope you know Jesus this Christmas! If so, please share His message. If not, find someone who can introduce you to Jesus. He can give your life a purpose greater than you can imagine!

Merry CHRISTmas!
Anna Lee

Sunday

Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Romans 5:1 (NLT)

Update on Dustin Rosamond: Dustin is now home and doing better, has to take real good care of himself and take it easy for a while. We want to thank all of you for all of your prayers and ask you to continue to pray for his full recovery. Thank you again for praying.

Faye Faller is home from the hospital.

According to Les, Faye Price is about the same. Keep praying for everyone involved.

Ways to Keep Christ in Christmas

By Mary Fairchild, About.com
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Keeping Christ in Christmas:

The number one way to keep Jesus Christ in your Christmas celebrations is to have him present in your daily life. If you’re not sure what it means to become a believer in Christ, check out this article on “How to Become a Christian.” If you’ve already accepted Jesus as your Savior and made him the center of your life, keeping Christ in Christmas is more about the way you live your life than the things you say—such as “Merry Christmas” versus “Happy Holidays.”

Keeping Christ in Christmas means daily revealing the character, love and spirit of Christ that dwells in you, by allowing these traits to shine through your actions. Here are simple ways to keep Christ the central focus of your life this Christmas season.
1) Give God one very special gift just from you to him:
Let this gift be something personal that no one else needs to know about, and let it be a sacrifice. David said in 2 Samuel 24 that he would not offer a sacrifice to God that cost him nothing.

Maybe your gift to God will be to forgive someone you’ve needed to forgive for a long time. You may discover that you’ve given a gift back to yourself.

Corrie Ten Boom, a Christian who survived extreme brutality in a German concentration camp after rescuing many Jews from certain death during the Nazi Holocaust, was later able to say, “Forgiveness is to set a prisoner free, and to realize the prisoner was you.”

Perhaps your gift will be to commit to spending time with God daily. Or maybe there is something God has asked you to give up, like last New Year’s resolution. Make this your most important gift of the season.
2) Set aside a special time to read the Christmas story in Luke 1:5-56 through 2:1-20:
Consider reading this account with your family and discussing it together.
• The Christmas Story
• More Christmas Bible Verses
3) Set up a Nativity scene in your home:
If you don’t have a Nativity, here are ideas to help you make your own Nativity scene:
• Nativity Related Crafts
4) Plan a project of good will this Christmas:
A few years ago we “adopted” a single mom. My friend was barely making ends meet and didn’t have money to buy gifts for her small child. Together with my husband’s family we bought gifts for both of them and replaced her broken down washing machine the week of Christmas. Do you have an elderly neighbor in need of home repairs or yard work? Find someone with a genuine need, involve your whole family and see how happy you can make someone this Christmas.
• Top Christmas Charity Projects
5) Take a group Christmas caroling in a nursing home or a children’s hospital:
One year the staff at the office where I worked decided to incorporate Christmas caroling at a nearby nursing home into our yearly staff Christmas party plans. We all met first at the nursing home and toured the facility while singing Christmas carols. Afterwards, we headed back to our party with our hearts full of tenderness. It was the best staff Christmas party we’d ever had.
6) Give a surprise gift of service to each member of your family:
Jesus taught us to serve by washing the disciples feet. He also taught us that it is “more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35 (NIV) The idea of giving an unexpected gift of service to members of your family is to demonstrate Christ-like love and service. You might consider giving a back rub to your spouse, running an errand for your brother, or cleaning out a closet for your mother. Make it personal and meaningful and watch the blessings multiply.
7) Set aside a time of family devotions on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning:
Before opening the gifts, take a few minutes to gather together as a family in prayer and devotions. Read a few Bible verses and discuss as a family the true meaning of Christmas.
• Christmas Bible Verses
• Christmas Prayers and Poems
• The Christmas Story
• Christmas Devotionals
8) Attend a Christmas church service together with your family:
If you are alone this Christmas or don’t have family living near you, invite a friend or a neighbor to join you.
9) Send Christmas cards that convey a spiritual message:
This is an easy way to share your faith at Christmastime. If you’ve already bought the reindeer cards—no problem! Just write a Bible verse and include a personal message with each card.
• Select Christmas Bible Verses
10) Write a Christmas letter to a missionary:
This idea is dear to my heart because I spent four years on the mission field. Receiving a letter always felt like opening a priceless gift on Christmas morning, no matter what day it was. Many missionaries are unable to travel home for the holidays, so it can be a very lonely time for them. Write a special Christmas letter to a missionary of your choice, thanking them for giving their life in service to the Lord. Trust me—it will mean more than you can imagine!

You may see some familar faces at http://www.commissionstories.com/?p=51.

Have a great day. Try to do some of the things listed on today’s devotional. You’ll be blessed.

Anna Lee

Wednesday

Big 10 from teamromany December 2008

1. Please pray for Daniel Byrd as he leads 6-week Bible study courses and shows portions of the Jesus film each week. Pray that those who attend will be responsive to the message of the Gospel. Thank God for volunteer Gene Leis. Legally blind, this volunteer is serving alongside Daniel Byrd for three months. Pray for him as he shares his testimony through word and song in Romany villages.

2. Pray for Bob and Gayle Hill as they are on vacation in the United States this month. Pray that their time with family and friends refreshes them to return to ministry. Pray that as they share with others about their ministry that others will become encouraged to pray for the Roma.

3. Romany youth will be presenting a live nativity in the villages of Cămărașu and Mociu, Romania. Pray that those who attend will recognize the significance of Jesus’ birth.

9. This week a team of 18 Lifeway Centrifuge staff will arrive in Brno, Czech Republic to work with Boyd and Jennie Hatchel and Joe and Julie Silbly. Using sports as an outreach tool, these volunteers will share the Gospel with Romany youth. Pray that Romany youth will participate and that be receptive to the message of Hope the volunteers will share.

10. Pray for Jennie Hatchel as she shares the Christmas story in eighth and ninth grade classrooms this month. Pray that the students who hear the true story of Christmas will want to know more about Jesus.

Monday Afternoon

The following is the current prayer request for Freda. Monday, December 8, at 12 noon, EST, she is to have a series of spinal blocks to try and determine the source of the pain or at least to narrow down the area of interest. For this test and the one on December 10 she has had to be off blood thinner for one week and without food and liquid since midnight the night before. After the spinal block she has a MRI or something similar (3 PM, EST) where they will try to look at the spinal column from all directions. The front of the spine is of particular interest. Then she is to return December 10 with the results of these procedures and they have another procedure of some kind scheduled that I suppose should result in a conclusion as to what the problem is that causes so much pain. I will let you know more about that procedure and the time along with how thing go Monday as soon as I know.

Freda and I appreciate your prayers,

Floyd

Remember Freda is in the US at John Hopkins Hospital while Floyd is in Bucharest.

Melinda

Please pray for Chris, Jill and Christian W. serving in Russia.
Today Chris received a 3 day notice to leave Russia. They have been
struggling with visa issues for some time now and were recently told
they would soon have to leave Russia. Pray mercy will be shown by the
Russian government and that more time will be given to deal with this
issue. Pray for clear direction from the Lord.

Central Easter Europe Prayer Team

In Russia the missionaries have to leave about every 3 to 6 months to renew
their visas outside of the country. Pray for this family and others that
are having visa problems.
Thank you for praying!
Melinda

Dear Prayer Partners,

I know I should not be amazed by what the Lord continues to show me but I am. This morning while looking my Facebook page to see what is going on (I have learned this is important when having a Facebook page) my attention was drawn to a link from a colleague who serves in Czech Republic. I am attaching the link for you to read. http://hope4cee.org/ceestories/index.php/2008/12/journeyman-from-russia-makes-an-impact-in-the-czech-republic/ The article is about a Russian journeyman that is now serving in Czech Republic. It is an amazing story of how she came to know the Lord and how God is now using her for his glory.

God bless you as he uses you in your community throughout this week. Pray he will use you to reach out to those that do not know the Lord.

Love,

Melinda

Journeyman from Russia makes an impact in the Czech Republic
December 8th, 2008

by Karen Pearce

Natasha enjoys the first snow of winter

Natasha enjoys the first snow of winter

Natasha, an International Mission Board (IMB) Journeyman to Olomouc, Czech Republic, was proud of herself for buying her own train ticket, finding the correct platform and even boarding and locating her seat. However, since she had been in the country only a few weeks, she didn’t realize the train she had chosen was going in the wrong direction.

As she paused from reading her book to glance out the window, she saw valleys, hills, tunnels, towns and villages she had never seen before.

“For the first few minutes after I realized what was happening, I felt so sick I wanted to throw up,” Natasha said. “Instead, I prayed God would calm my heart and give me wisdom to know what to do.”

Natasha found comfort in the fact that she was listening to music that seemed to be playing just for her.

“Lord, I don’t know where all this is going, or how it all works out; lead me to peace that is past understanding, a peace beyond all doubt…” sing the Newsboys, a Christian group that’s words seemed appropriate for the moment.

After four hours of travel, instead of the necessary two, Natasha safely made it home.

“The good part of it was that I was not scared or having a heart attack, but rather enjoying the scenery and falling in love with this beautiful country, parts of which I would have never been able to see if not for a wrong train,” she said.

This is just one of many adventures Natasha has experienced since giving her life to Christ and following His call from Russia to America, and then back to Europe.

The journey

Natasha grew up in Tartarstan, Russia, and lived her childhood knowing of God only through the Orthodox Church, which kept Him distant and un-engaging. That changed in college when Natasha’s classmate returned from a year in America, now a believer, and shared about her personal relationship with Christ. Though Natasha faced accusations of betrayal and was ostracized by many, she committed her life to Christ, clung to her new-found faith and let it shape her future. Her church in Russia became the hub of her life, and there she learned through evangelism and discipleship in surrounding villages that “missions” is a vital part of her faith.

Through an American/Russian partnership with her church, she was invited to study dental hygiene in America, and followed God’s leading. Her love of sharing Christ continued in her new Texas home, and eventually she heard God calling her back to Europe as a missionary. In fact, God gave her such a strong burden for the Czech Republic that she considered moving there on her own, learning the language and culture and sharing Christ.

However, friends told her about the IMB Journeyman program and she looked into that, instead. When she saw a request for an ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher in Olomouc, she was excited and started researching the Czech Republic, its people and religion. What she found about the low number of believers and the secular lifestyle broke her heart.

“I started crying—it was weird—I was bawling in the bookstore,” she said. “I felt like God was telling me, ‘Nobody goes there.’ I was like, ‘I’ll go. I really want to go.’ I felt like God was really telling me that was the place where He wants me to be.”

So, once again, Natasha followed God to a new country.

New home

Since arriving in Olomouc, Natasha has started language classes, begun teaching English, and served cookies, candies and Bibles to passers-by at her ministry team’s annual Christmas booth. She has learned valuable lessons—making eye contact is not something Czechs value, saying, ‘Excuse me’ when trying to exit the elevator gets no response, and, of course, checking the direction of your train is very important. However, despite the cultural differences, Natasha loves her new calling.

“My life here is incredible, and God has been showing me His love, mercy and care over and over again,” she said. “I love every bit of my days here, and pray that they would be filled with … words and deeds for His glory until the end of my term.”

Team Moravia

Steve and April Brown are the leaders of Natasha’s ministry group, Team Moravia. They consider their newest member a direct answer to prayer.

“We’ve been praying for someone to join our team for four years now,” April said.

Natasha’s arrival could not have come at a better time. God has been doing some amazing things in Olomouc in the past few months.

Not only are several members of the team’s home group awaiting baptism, but a young man named Honza recently accepted Christ, and the Browns have begun an international church in Olomouc that is averaging about 50 people each meeting.

“God constantly brings people to us and we are so grateful for it,” Steve said. “April and I are meeting with people weekly for cappuccinos and conversation–they talk, we listen; we talk, they listen. We have had great opportunities to share the hope that lies within us.”

In this atmosphere, Steve is grateful to have Natasha on their team.

“With her perspective and background, it will speak immensely into the hearts of Czech people,” he said. “She’ll be able to speak to them more clearly than us, since she has a better understanding of where they come from.”

For Natasha, she knows she is where God wants her.

“I went to America because I was sure God had a plan for me,” she said. “Now I know He took me over there so I could leave.”

Her ministry

Natasha’s friend who led her to Christ taught Natasha a lot. She didn’t push the Gospel on her, but lived what she believed. Her attitude, perspective and conversation evidenced her faith.

“I remember her being different,” Natasha said. “She was just an attractive person you wanted to be with—and then to find out what changed her—I knew I needed that.”

Now Natasha wants God to use her in the same way. She desires to truly love the Czech people.

“First Timothy 1 says that love comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience and a sincere faith,” Natasha said. “My prayer is that I have those qualities to show the love of Christ and to be a bold witness.”

For more information on how you can be involved in what God is doing in the Czech Republic, visit the Web site.

Spread the word about Hope4cee.org Stories:

Read more stories from Czech Republic.

Since this posting is all about missionaries and MK’s, I’ll add my latest missionary/MK story. Miles, almost 9, broke his right wrist at soccer practice this afternoon. Before taking him to the doctor, Jennie gave him medicine for pain. The Czech doctor asked Jennie if Miles had had any ????? (new word to Jennie). Jennie said yes, ibuprofen. The doctor looked at her with a strange expression. ?????? was the Czech word for X-rays! Miles has a new cast. Jennie has a new Czech vocabulary word.

Monday Afternoon

We love because he first loved us. 1 John 4:19 (NIV)

We made a “flying” trip to Rome (Georgia) to be with Jason’s family. We enjoyed seeing all of them and doing some fun things together – feeding ducks, geese, and a swan at Berry College, seeing many, many deer at Berry College, putting together a 500 piece puzzle, eating and more eating, attending worship at West Rome Baptist church where we witnessed 15 baptisms and heard 3 awesome testimonies of thanksgiving, attending the reveal of an extreme makeover (by West Rome Baptist Church and XL (their alternative church) and witnessing the wedding of the lady whose family benefited from the makeover. Sunday was a day I’ll probably remember with chill bumps for a long time! That was all of top of receiving some hugs and kisses from some of the most special people in our lives!

You can read the story of the makeover in this online newspaper article.
http://news.mywebpal.com/partners/680/public/news937152.html
Take time to view the video. You will be amazed!
Many people said you needed to see the before and after pictures to really appreciate the love and work this family benefited from.

XL:http://www.xlwired.com/
West Rome Baptist Church:http://www.westrome.org/
There were approximately 1,000 in worship service yesterday morning. What a spirit of excitement about what God has done!

Some of you please call or email me and let me know what I missed here in Kentwood that needs to be shared on The Prayer Link. I have no current information at this time.

Jennie and Boyd also make it safely home today from a trip to Paris. Thank God for his traveling grace for our family over the last few days.

Read the updates on Emily Panter @ http://www.emilypanter.blogspot.com/. Continue to pray for Emily and her family.

You can read the updates on Don Denton @ http://www.caringbridge.org/cb/viewJournal.do?method=executeInit. Pray for this family too.

Ray Wilburn Tompkins
(March 7, 1942 – November 23, 2008)
U.S. Veteran Ray Wilburn Tompkins was born on March 7, 1942 and passed away at 10:37AM, Sunday, November 23, 2008 at his residence in Greensburg. He was the son of the late Roy and Mona Sharp Tompkins. Ray was 66 and a native of Paradise, MT. He was a Veteran of the United States Air Force where he was awarded the Air Force Good Conduct Medal and the Air Force Longevity Service Award.

He was survived by his wife, Mrs. Katherine Tompkins, Greensburg; 3 daughters, Shelia Simmons, Osyka, MS; Karen Barkman and husband, Kenneth, Carriere, MS; and Amanda Hilton and husband Christopher, Greensburg, LA; 2 sisters, Nancy Bradshaw, Morganton, NC & Rose DeNu, San Jose, CA; a half sister, Martha Good, Paradise, MT; step-mother, Mrs. Maxine Tompkins; 7 grandchildren & 2 great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by parents, 2 brothers, James Frank Tompkins & Gary Wayne Tompkins; a half sister, Betty Lou Moore.

There will be a memorial service at a later date in the Day’s Cemetery, Liverpool.

In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to: Community Care Hospice, 1007 W. Thomas St.,Suite A, Hammond, LA 70403.

McKneely & Vaughn Funeral Home, Amite, is in charge of arrangements.

An on-line guestbook is available at http://www.mckneelyvaughnfh.com

Chief John J. (Bacile) Polito, Sr.
(January 14, 1940 – November 23, 2008)
U.S. Veteran Died at 10:07 p.m. on Sunday, November 23, 2008 at his residence in Independence, LA. He was a native of Kenner, LA. Age 68 years. He was member of Independence Fire Department for 45 years where he served as chief for 37 years. He also served as an Alderman and was the current Mayor Pro-temp of Independence. He was the Chief of District #11 Volunteer Fire Department in Livingston Parish where he was responsible for chartering their department. He was a life member of the Louisiana State Fireman’s Association, a member of the Louisiana Municipal Association, an employee of Tangipahoa Parish Council, a member of the Advisory Committee for Central Tangipahoa Head Start, was an avid farmer and loved to spend time with his family. He is survived by his wife, Congetta Drago Polito, Independence; 2 daughters, Mary Polito Spencer and husband, Tommie, Independence and Patricia Polito Sparacello and husband, Sammy, Independence; 2 sons, John J. Polito, Jr. and wife, Dianna, Independence and Michael A. Polito and wife, Missy, Tickfaw; 7 grandchildren, Lauren Spencer Hardy and husband, Christopher, Jessica Polito, Brandi Polito, Sam Sparacello, Jr., Bridget Polito, Tommie “TJ” Spencer and Stephani Sparacello; 2 great-grandsons, Brayden Polito Carlisle and Christpher D. “CJ” Hardy, Jr.; 5 brothers, Nick Bacile, Jr., Baptist, John Bacile, Metairie, Anthony Bacile, Baton Rouge, Nace Bacile, Walker and Charles Bacile, Walker; sister, Camilla Bacile, Independence; numerous nieces and nephews, family and friends. Preceded in death by his brother, Vincent Polito; father, Joseph Polito; mother, Mary Mitra Polito Bacile; step-father, Nick Bacile, Sr. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Tuesday and from 8 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday. Religious Services at Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church, Independence, at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Services conducted by Deacon Roger Navarra. Interment Colonial Cemetery, Independence, LA.

Courage

PETER CARTWRIGHT, A nineteenth-century, circuit-riding preacher, was an uncompromising man…

One Sunday morning when he was to preach, we was told that President Andrew Jackson was in the congregation. Cartwright was warned not to say anything out of line.

When Cartwright stood to preach, he said, “I understand that Andrew Jackson is here. I have been requested to be guarded in my remarks. Andrew Jackson will go to hell if he doesn’t repent.”

The congregation was shocked and wondered how the president would respond. After the service, President Jackson shook hands with Peter Cartwright and said, “Sir, if I had a regiment of men like you, I could whip the world.”

“In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” ( Matt. 3:1-2).

I’m not sure my courage would be equal to that, but I pray for more courage to speak up with the appropriate words at the appropriate times.

Anna Lee

Wednesday

“So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent.” (Isaiah 55:11)

Mary Broussard works with the Tangipahoa Parish School System and with me through the KHS PBS (Positive Behavior Support) team. Her brother, Stephen Broussard has liver failure and is hospitalized in Abbeville. Mary would appreciate prayers for the family, especially her 90 year old mother, as they face losing Stephen.

Here is an attached news story about a recent outreach in north Czech Republic.

Thank you for continuing to pray for peoples others have forgotten.

Thank you for pressing forward.

Blessings,

Boyd H.

Litvinov Outreach – Czech Republic

November 17, 2008

North of Prague, near the German border, is the industrial town of Litvinov. In Litvinov, the majority of Roma live in a section of the city called Janov. This ghetto is the run-down, neglected part of town, where no one wants to live or even visit.

In October, more than 300 extremists, held an unauthorized anti-Roma rally in downtown Litvinov. At the conclusion of the rally, the emotional mob marched and rode on horseback to the Janov neighborhood. They attacked local Roma with sticks and stones. Police successfully stopped the raid, but not before three police were injured.

Last week, IMB personnel visited the Janov neighborhood. They distributed tracts, brochures, and evangelistic CDs. They listened to the concerns and fears of residents. They prayed with family members.

“They came in here to our homes and treated us like dogs. We have lived here all our lives. What did they want us to do? What have we done to them?”, asked Petra, a 40-year old mother from Janov.

“Has anyone from the church visited your area since this took place?” asked the IMB missionary.

“No one knows we’re here, except those people (extremists),” commented Jan. “The government wants us to leave, but we have no place to go.”

Your prayers gave missionaries the courage to go into an unknown neighborhood. Your gifts and resources provided the means for missionaries to travel to another section of the country. Your prayers will provide the direction for future ministry in this area.

Thank you for your partnership and prayers. Thank you for your gifts and generosity to reach those who feel forgotten.

WEDNESDAY WINDOW ON THE WORLD – November 19, 2008
International Mission Board

APPLE DISTRICT OF INDONESIA. You asked God to bless a project intended to bring water to a village that had none, and He did. You prayed for S to have opportunities to share his faith, and God brought another person, J, to share as well. J got to stay in the village while the project was being done and began sharing Bible stories from day one. There is great interest in the stories, and S and J have been very encouraged by the openness of the community toward spiritual things. The water project has gone amazingly well, and phase one has been completed. Now more than 70 families have water available to them without having to carry it for long distances or waiting for it for hours. The community was totally behind the effort, and more than 100 men turned out every night from 7-12 p.m. to dig the trench for the pipe until the work was completed. Please pray for the continued openness of the community and for S and J to have more opportunities to share their faith. Pray for phase two to go well. Also pray for S’s father to come to faith.

DEAF OF URUGUAY. Jesus said that in this world we will have trouble, but we are to rejoice, for He has overcome the world. Troubles are falling hard on a deaf mother church in Montevideo, where leaders are being attacked, vicious rumors abound, and there is an active movement to close the church. Please pray for the faithful members and especially the leaders. Ask the Lord to give them wisdom, discernment and strength. Pray for the survival of the church, asking that it will come through this time of testing pure as gold, stronger than ever, and reaching thousands for the Lord.

BERLIN, GERMANY. Workers in Berlin are thrilled with a wonderful start to a new immigrant fellowship meeting. The meeting is held every two weeks on Sunday afternoon, and is led by four men. This is the first fellowship that is held in the mother tongue of the largest immigrant population, and is co-led by men who are immigrants from this large Muslim country. Thank the Lord for those who have attended and that the numbers are growing. Pray for the fellowship to be a safe place where people can come and hear in their mother tongue the good news of Jesus Christ. Pray that the Lord will lead and guide the four men who lead this fellowship. Thank Him for the unity that these men find in Christ. Give thanks also for those who give to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, as some of that money was used to provide chorus books and Bibles in the mother tongue of this immigrant population.

MISSIONARY PERSONAL NEEDS. West Africa’s Financial Facilitators rely heavily on Internet and e-mail services to support missionaries who are spread over an area approximately the size of the United States. However, much of West Africa has an underdeveloped infrastructure. Additionally, some information is difficult to communicate appropriately by e-mail. Pray that the team of Financial Facilitators in West Africa will be able to communicate effectively with those whom they support and that they will have wisdom and discernment to know how best to share information.

Baptist Press
November 18, 2008

ENGLAND–Multicultural London: ‘capital of the world.’ http://bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=29355

ENGLAND–Coffee shop prayer yields fruit in London.http://bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=29356

ENGLAND–Vietnam refugee fulfills vow in London.http://bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=29357

ENGLAND–Brit returns to a new mission field.http://bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=29358

TENNESSEE–Huckabee: Social conservatives key to GOP’s future.http://bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=29359

CALIFORNIA–Calif. Southern Baptists affirm Prop 8 support.http://bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=29360

VIRGINIA–BGAV adopts reduced budget; Campolo criticizes Prop. 8.http://bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=29361

ILLINOIS–Ill. Baptists increase CP giving again.http://bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=29362

TENNESSEE–TN Baptists approve W. Africa mission.http://bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=29363

VIRGINIA–London (Erich Bridges): End of ‘Christian civilization’?http://bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=29364

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Identify

IN THE NEW York Times Magazine, Nancy V. Raine told a story she heard twenty-five years earlier from a friend named George…

In those days, work crews marked construction sites by putting out
smudge pots with open flames. George’s four-year-old daughter got
too close to one and her pants caught fire like the Straw Man’s
stuffing. The scars running the length and breadth of Sarah’s legs
looked like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. In the third grade she was
asked, “If you could have one wish, what would it be?” Sarah wrote:
“I want everyone to have legs like mine.”

When we suffer pain, we want others to understand. We want others to be like us so they can identify with us. We don’t want to be alone. God does understand. When Jesus became a man, he did something far more difficult than having legs like Sarah’s. (Craig Brian Larson)

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” ( John 1:14).

Posted by Mike Benson at October 14, 2008 12:54 PM

Face this day with a smile.
Anna Lee

Friday

Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.” Mark 12:29-31 (NLT)

Please pray for Emily Panter and her famiy.
http://www.emilypanter.blogspot.com/

Dr. Council is finally overcoming his cough and cold or whatever he has had lately. Pray he is much better and able to get back to his routine.

Pray for my niece’s husband, Josh, and his family as he leaves Sunday for Marine boot camp.

Frann Clark shared this:

I just learned this afternoon that I will be having an IVIG at Beauregard Memorial Hosp. from 8 a.m. until about 4:30. Please pray that everything will go smoothly.

My daughter Krista talked to Riley today and he sounds fine. He told her it was cool outside and he wasn’t doing much.

My back pain returned earlier in the week but it is better today.

God Bless You
Frann Smith Clark

Pray for Holly K. as she continues her training to become a MK teacher. She will be home December 18th.

KOMpray
(Kids on Mission Pray)

“Let the little children come to Me, and don’t stop them, because the kingdom of God belongs to such as these,” Luke 18:16b

40 DAYS/40 NIGHTS

Missionaries in Central, Eastern and Southern Africa go to a very special program when they move from the United States to Africa. It’s called 40 days and 40 nights. For forty days, they learn how to ride African public buses and bargain in the market. In the U.S., there is a price tag on everything and that’s what you pay. In Africa, the price tag may say one dollar; but if you bargain, you might get it for sixty or seventy cents. The missionaries also show the love of Jesus by working with African pastors, telling Bible stories to children, and helping beggars.

This week, the 40/40 missionaries AND their children will go and live in a Zambian home. They will eat African food, work with the Zambians, sleep in the hut, and go to church with them. Some of the families are nervous about staying with people they don’t really know, but they are excited to give it a try. Pray for the children of missionaries that have fun learning about their new culture. Pray for the adults to be very patient with their children and with each other. Pray for the Zambian families. They are sharing their love and time and homes with the missionaries. Pray they will all be blessed with new friendships that will last their whole lives.

MORE PRAYER REQUESTS FROM MISSIONARY KIDS

I pray that our band “Call of Fire” will be a great influence to people’s lives. ZACH, age 15, (Central, Eastern and Southern Africa)

Please pray I will have fun in childcare and pray I will read the Bible. MARC, age 7 (South Asia)

Dear God, thank you for our friends and our family. Please help us to make more Christians in our country. Thank you for the food and thank you for our teachers. I hope we can get along with friends. Amen. GM, age 8 (East Asia)

I need pray for my brother, who is 28 and in the Army. I would appreciate it if you pray for Nathan’s safety. NATALIE, Age 11 (Northern Africa and the Middle East)

I want you to pray for the Balinese that they will come to know God. JOSHUA, age 11 (Pacific Rim)

Pray that Christians in my closed country will be strong and will be safe, so they will be able to tell others about God without being persecuted. LYNSIE, age 12 (Central Asia)

We have a (household) helper named SC. Her Mom died a couple of days ago. Could you please pray for her? CL, age 10 (East Asia)

My brother and I have been sharing with our friends about Jesus. We don’t talk about Jesus a lot because our friends try to change the subject. They have seen the Jesus film, but afterwards they haven’t said a word about Jesus or God. I would like you to pray that our friends’ hearts will be opened to what we have to say and that my brother and I will have the language to share with them. SETH, age 14 (West Africa)

J.P. is a Gadariah man. We preached and he accepted Christ. And he has already shared with family and friend. Pray they will accept Jesus too. ALEXANDRA, age 11 (South Asia)

Well, I moved to Botswana awhile ago and was scared that no one would like me. So that was a prayer that people would like me and that the move would go well—and it did so I am happy. MICAH, age 14, (Central, Eastern and Southern Africa)

Baptist Press
November 13, 2008

TEXAS–WRAP-UP: IMB reports cautionary finance news. http://bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=29323

GEORGIA–Ga. Baptist policy impacts churches with female pastors. http://bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=29324

OKLAHOMA–Okla. elects 1st Native American president. http://bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=29325

TEXAS–SBTC celebrates 10th anniversary. http://bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=29326

TEXAS–BGCT postpones name change, trims budget. http://bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=29327

NORTH DAKOTA–Dakota convention coincides with blizzard. http://bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=29328

TENNESSEE–Trespassing activists arrested at Union Univ. http://bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=29329

SOUTH CAROLINA–FIRST-PERSON (Melanie Spinks): Forever changed. http://bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=29330

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Letters

JOHN KASS, A columnist for the Chicago Tribune, wrote about a waiter he met named Bouch, who worked at a tavern in Chicago…

Bouch decided to write to the king of his homeland, Morocco. King Mohammed VI is immensely popular because he often interacts with his subjects in public, he had freed political prisoners, and he helps the poor and disabled. When Bouch wrote to him from the United States, King Mohammed VI, true to form, wrote back.

“Look at the letters,” Bouch told Kass. “These are letters from the king. If I meet him, I’ll be so happy.”

In his column, Kass mused, “How many guys hauling burgers in a Chicago tavern have a correspondence going with a royal monarch?”

The journalist was intrigued, so he talked to Morocco’s deputy consul general in Chicago. Kass was told that it isn’t unusual for the king to write personal letters to his subjects abroad.

“It happens a lot,” the official told him. “The king loves his subjects.”

We fancy the idea that a king would correspond with a commoner. But there’s something far more incredible. The King of kings, the Creator of the universe, has chosen to correspond with us. He has given us an entire book full of letters, stories, and poetry. (Mike Macintosh)

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” ( 2 Tim. 3:16).

Posted by Mike Benson at October 8, 2008 12:45 PM

Make today a great day! Take time to read some letters from the King of Kings!
Anna Lee