Romania Missions Part 2 by Steph & Chris Watkins

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Chris and Stephanie Watkins began attending Calvary Baptist Church in April 2016 and reside in Grand Prairie, TX with their daughter, Ema.  The Watkins volunteer to teach regularly in the Boulevard (4 years old through kindergarten) area of Kid City.  They like to spend time outside in their community garden, camping, and spending time with friends playing games or watching movies.  Click here if you missed Romania Missions Part 1 by Steph & Chris Watkins.

When we first arrived, my friend’s organization was working with five families. They provided food once a month, work when the center had work to pay them for, and an after school place for the nine children to have a shower, meal, tutoring, bible study and a reprieve from the village. The women were sent home each week with strips of paper to make beads. They would come once a week to the center and have a bible study and string their beads into necklaces. Each woman was paid for the beads they made, which provided somewhat of a steady income for the family. The missionary couple that was leaving a couple months after we had arrived had befriended two teenager families in the Roma Village. The foundation did not want to leave those two families without someone to be there for them when the other couple left. We were asked then to create and expand the teenage family ministry. We started with five teenage families and ended with seven. Our youngest mom had just turned 13 and our oldest mom was 19 turning 20. In the Roma culture girls “marry” between the ages of 9 and 12 and start having babies soon after. A girl can get “married” a few ways. She is sold by her father, raped by someone and then taken as his wife, or the few just claim they are together, have sex and are married. Out of our seven families only two were married legally. All the others just claimed marriage and were married in the eyes of their people.

Romania in general is a poorer country and the town where we lived in was out in the country. A good income for a Romanian was comparable to about $300 US dollars, and for the Roma it was much less.  Even though there’s tons of need everywhere, the difference is you can SEE the need everywhere in Romania where in the states you have to look for it more; it’s not as obvious here. Here in The States we pray for God to show us someone in need whereas in Romania we didn’t need to pray for it, it was just there. You couldn’t walk through town without seeing someone in need. Every day we had people knocking on our door or front gate asking for something, most of the time, it was food. Occasionally they needed shoes or diapers for the kids. We did provide food packets every month and child resources weekly for the families.

We held weekly bible studies, brought the moms and babies to the center to teach them to how to bathe their children and babies, they would come once a week for showers and baths, and provided them with diapers and formula if needed.  We provided food while in the hospital as well as monthly packages, started a morning center for the kiddos who were 18 months or older, in-home financial budgeting lessons and guidance, and jobs for the men when we had them. Eventually the girls started making the joy beads as well.  We saw God work in and through us continually while we were there. But we enjoyed seeing it when the families we served saw and experienced God. One week, Chris figured out how much a family would need to make and how many days they needed to work to pay their bills for the month. Then they prayed for the work to come. The Roma have a hard time finding jobs in Romania because nobody really wants to hire them. As the week went by, we didn’t see the husband of one of the families at all until the end of the week. When we ran into him and asked him where he was, he replied that he was working all week. Then Chris reminded him that they had just prayed for work and how God provided. He thought for a second and his face lit up, like a light bulb turned on. It was awesome to see him recognize God’s provision and how He answered his prayer.

We also became their advocates in the medical system; we would take them to doctors and be their voice.  With the conditions in which they lived in, there were a lot of medical needs, especially with the young children. We would help with their medications, but also help them with their medical care. The Roma did not receive the best medical care and sometimes don’t receive any medical care at all. We would intercede for the families on a continual basis. Sadly I think the only reason our families got treatment is because we were with them and we were Americans and would give them money to get help.

 The conditions of the hospitals over there are not the same standards as our hospitals here in the states. One of our young families was having their first child. They had her in the delivery room while strapped down on a metal table. As we waited in the waiting room with her family and her husband we found out that she was going to need to have a C-Section. At that point the family got really anxious and we didn’t really understand why. We were told that while a procedure may be routine in the States, it can be dangerous over there. We prayed and then we talked with the doctor. We realized that they were not going to give anesthesia and that we had to bribe the doctor so they would give her the proper medications. 

Chris and I were a shoulder, a reprieve, an ear, and a friend. We LOVE them and miss them greatly. The Roma people gave us a piece of their hearts, which in a culture like theirs means more than any monetary item we could give them.    

My time in Romania has changed my prayer life and how I relate to God and others; always being thankful for what have. The Roma have an expectation that because we are Americans we are rich.  Their thoughts are we have unlimited resources and we are to help them.   There are times we have been exhausted by helping the families and others in the Roma village because after we help meet a need they automatically bring you a list of more to do, demanding you do them too. This was routine throughout our entire time there. Half way through our time there I realized that I am no different with my relationship with God. I have frequently given my “request” to God and when he answers I usually give him another list. With this perspective I have learned to stop and say thank you and appreciate what God has given us. And when I do ask a request I do it with a grateful and cheerful heart.

God used Romania to instill an excitement for watching God work in others life’s; rejoice with others and shoulder each other’s burdens.  He also reminded us of His provision.  One of the many opportunities that I, Chris, had was working with each family individually – a financial bible study teaching Gods principles on finances and helping them each create a budget for their family. During the process of helping them budget, and teaching them how to manage their resources, I noticed that God always provides exactly what the families needed. Now, the families mismanaged their funds but it was a revelation to me and a couple of them that He always provided and He expects us to be good stewards regardless of what stage of life we are in or how much is given. It was also eye opening to the concept of how we are slaves to our debts (Proverbs 22:7).

In the Roma village the concept of debt is handled rather differently than in the states and while helping the families budget, I realized they spend most of their time working to pay off debt. For us, going from both of us having full-time salaries in the States to an income that changed from month to month was unstable.  The funny thing for me, Steph, though is that I was never concerned about the money coming in while we were in Romania. I knew God wanted us there and that He would provide. Different story in the States, I remember before moving constantly being worried over money with both of us working two full-time jobs.

We may not have the luxuries that we had in the states, like consistent power, a washing machine that holds more than 5 pieces of clothing, and an oven that is no bigger than an easy bake, BUT we had EVERYTHING we needed and more plus we were extremely grateful that He continued to provide each month. We are more grateful for what we have we have A LOT to be thankful for and we have learned the blessings of complete reliance on God.

Our previous church was really big on community. We had been with our same group, before we left the states, for five years. We valued them we loved them. Going thousands of miles away where you know two people, only five speak the same language as you, your new “village” has no stoplights and only one stop sign, you have to drive 40 min for most everything was a huge culture shock, and that’s even before you get to the culture being a shock itself.  Our friends and family were now eight hours behind us time wise and trying to set up Skype or FaceTime dates presented its own challenges. All that to say we quickly realized how important community was/is to us and how isolating living in a strange country could be. Isn’t it wonderful that God knows us and he made us for biblical community? 

The church we attended in Romania was wonderful, three and a half hour long services may have taken us a bit to get use to but it was wonderful. The people were great and many spoke English. We were placed in a group with five other missionaries in the area! God gave us people who understood and were walking similar paths. We weren’t alone! One time we went to McDonalds after church (yes, they have McDonalds and yes, it is different) and we noticed there was a group of four Americans speaking English! We introduced ourselves and they told us they were missionaries as well. God did not leave us in isolation, but we had to take a step as well. It would have been easy to live “alone” physically, but spiritually and emotionally we needed each other. We cannot stress how important and valuable biblical community and fellowship is to us. We are so grateful to be at Calvary!

Jonah Chapter 4: Revolutionize Pt. 3

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Chapter 4: Revolutionize Pt. 3

Jonah 4:9-11 “But God said to Jonah, ‘Do you do well to be angry for the plant?’ And he said, ‘Yes, I do well to be angry, angry enough to die.’ 10 And the Lord said, ‘You pity the plant, for which you did not labor, nor did you make it grow, which came into being in a night and perished in a night. 11 And should not I pity Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also much cattle?’”

Not only does God call the city of Nineveh great, meaning there was a LOT of people, but he reminds Jonah that the people in the city are in danger of dying. The language here is specific. If a vine can perish overnight, and that is cause for great pity for Jonah, how much more pity should he have for the people that perish.

Think about it this way. If I rolled a wheel barrow up to you that was full of a million dollars, and I said “You can have this money IF…. you press this button. But if you press this button, somebody somewhere in this world will die. You don’t know the person. You’ll never know who it was. You won’t be punished. Nobody will even know it was your fault. You press this button, somebody in the world that you don’t know dies, and you go home with a million dollars cash.” Would you do it?

It’s crazy how we can start justifying it. We have that moment when we start thinking about it. “Well, thousands of people die per day anyways. We’re all going to die sooner or later. It doesn’t affect me so…”

I think a lot of us try to behave as if we’re numb to death. While we hypothesize about this million dollar scenario, we can become experts at acting desensitized toward death. But death is a frightening thing for us. We’re not used to it, and I don’t know if we’re ever supposed to be. It’s a result of our sin, meaning death only exists because we fell out of God’s perfect plan. The Bible says since every human being has sinned, every human being now dies. So, while death is the number one common denominator for mankind, it wasn’t written into God’s original plan and therefore will always feel unnatural.

Now here’s the thing, this is what God was telling Jonah. We need to be gripped by the fact that there are people everywhere that are perishing, that are dying without Christ, and who need the good news of salvation. Perhaps this truth is so uncomfortable that we quickly throw up our defense mechanisms. We can pretend this isn’t really happening, we can distract ourselves, and we can change the subject quickly. But we can’t hide from this fact forever.

It’s not a happy thought. It’s heartbreaking, really. In my next post, I will finish this whole series off with some good news. But for now, allow me to give you some peace. You can rest at ease knowing that nobody is counting on you to be the lone hero of the world. While the truth is dark and heavy, you are not called to save the world. You are simply called to spread the Gospel within your world; your community, family, workplace, school, etc. So do your small part and trust that God is working beyond your awareness to save this world.

All In Prayer Booklet: Week 6 - Thursday

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Week 6 (Thursday)
Praying For My Part

Acts 1:3 “(Jesus) presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.”

You’ve just completed 40 Days of Prayer! What will you take away from this experience?

Four Things to Teach Your Children This Easter

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I hope this is a helpful resource for your family as we approach Easter. There are so many opportunities around this time of year to teach our children about Christ and specifically about the Gospel and the resurrection. 

In Christ,
Brandon H.

Four Things to Teach Your Children This Easter

April 1, 2014 | Christina Fox

Spring is upon us. Flowers are beginning to bud, leaves are reappearing on trees, and birds are building their nests. Signs and decorations herald the arrival of our favorite season when we walk into local stores. Bags of plastic eggs and bunny-shaped confections line the shelves.

While we Christians enjoy all the signs of spring, this season is special for us in another way. In a couple weeks, we’ll celebrate the most important holiday weekend of the year: our Lord’s death and resurrection. Beyond jellybeans and warm sunshine, we remember and rejoice in the new life that is ours because of Christ’s sacrifice for our sins and triumph over the grave.

And we want our children to know this joy, too. We want our children to know that there is more to this time of year than chocolate bunnies and marshmallow peeps — so much more.

Will you join me in trying to turn the blooming opportunities of this season into a way to teach our children more about Jesus? Let’s think toward making the most of this spring to show our kids all that they have because of Christ. Here are four key things to teach our children this Easter.

1. The Story of Redemption

Our family has what we call a “Resurrection Tree.” For the month leading up to Easter, we read through the story of redemption. We begin with creation and the Fall. We then go through God’s covenant promises in the Old Testament, as well as prophecies about the Messiah such as in Isaiah 53. We study Jesus’s birth, baptism, and ministry. During the final week, Holy Week, each day’s passage focuses on Jesus’s last days. For each story and passage we read, we hang an ornament on our “Resurrection Tree” that we’ve made to symbolize the passage we read.

2. The Importance of the Resurrection

Jesus’s resurrection from the grave is at the heart of our faith. Paul wrote,

If the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied. (1 Corinthians 15:16–19)
Go through this passage with your children and teach them how crucial the resurrection is to our salvation. Teach them that Christ rose from the grave because he was the perfect Son of God. The grave could not hold him. He conquered sin and death. Not only that, his resurrection assures our own future bodily resurrection.

3. Christ Is the Passover Lamb

It is no coincidence that Jesus suffered and died during the Passover. Teach your children the significance of this. Read the story of the original Passover. Show them how the Passover in Exodus points to Jesus, and how because of Jesus we are freed from God’s righteous judgment.

4. Cross Truths

Easter is also a great time to teach your children central themes such as substitutionary atonement, justification, imputation, and redemption. Discuss how Jesus perfectly obeyed his Father in all things. Teach your children that Jesus’s perfect life has been credited to us in union with him by faith. In Christ, God now looks at us and sees Christ’s perfect life. Talk about the sacrifices made in the Old Testament and why they were not sufficient to atone for our sins. Discuss why Jesus was a perfect sacrifice for us at the cross and that it was sufficient for all time. Talk about what it means to redeem or buy back something. How does Jesus redeem us?

Allegories can be a helpful aid in teaching these wonderful truths, including R.C. Sproul’s The Princes Poison Cup and The Priest With the Dirty Clothes, and of course, C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. As we teach our children about the cross, let us also remember those wonderful words from Aslan,
that though the Witch knew the Deep Magic, there is a magic deeper still which she did not know. Her knowledge goes back only to the dawn of time. But if she could have looked a little further back, into the stillness and the darkness before Time dawned, she would have read there a different incantation. She would have known that when a willing victim who had committed no treachery was killed in a traitor’s stead, the Table would crack and Death itself would start working backward.

Reprinted from Desiring God. Copyright 2016 Christina Fox Guest Contributor, Find the original article here at

All In Prayer Booklet: Week 6 - Wednesday

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Week 6 (Wednesday)
Praying For My Part

Romans 12:4-6 “For as in one body we have many members,[a] and the members do not all have the same function, 5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them…”

As we approach the end of our 40 Days of Prayer, how   is God specifically leading you to serve? What is your next step?

All In Prayer Booklet: Week 6 - Tuesday

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Week 6 (Tuesday)
Praying For My Part

Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

As we approach the end of our 40 days of prayer, what has God revealed to you about yourself? What do you want to do with this realization? 

All In Prayer Booklet: Week 6 - Monday

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Week 6 (Monday)
Praying For My Part

Revelation 3:20 “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.”

As we approach the end of our 40 days of prayer, what has God revealed to you about Himself? What would you like to say to Him?

All In Prayer Booklet: Week 6 - Sunday

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Week 6 (Sunday)
Praying For My Part

Matthew 21:10-11 “And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this? And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.

Today we enter, what has commonly been referred to as “Passion Week”- the commemoration of the final week of Christ’s physical life here on Earth. The latter part of this week will mark the time of Jesus’ Last Supper, His prayer in the garden and subsequent arrest, as well as the day that Christ was nailed to a Roman cross.
            But today is a very special day in this “Passion Week” as well. You see, the Sunday prior to Easter marks Christ’s “Triumphal Entry” into the city of Jerusalem. Many refer to today as “Palm Sunday” for the palm branches that were laid across Jesus’ path as He rode into the City.
            The gospels paint a vivid picture of Christ, mounted on a colt saddled by the garments of His disciples, descending down the Eastern slope of the Mount of Olives into the city of Jerusalem. History tells us that around 2 million Jews would descend upon the city around the time of the Passover. This meant that crowds from Galilee as well as Judaea would make their way to Jerusalem for this required feast. So you had this really interesting mix, Romans, Jewish peasants, Jewish religious leaders; all were looking at Jesus, but all saw something completely different.
·         The Romans ignored Jesus, but they didn’t know Him.
·         The Pharisees hated Jesus, but they didn’t know Him.
·         The multitude praised Jesus, but they didn’t know Him.
When you look at the cross, the resurrection, and Jesus - what do you see?
As we draw our 40 days of prayer to a conclusion this week, what has God revealed to you? What has He shown you about yourself, your life, and your church?

“Once I sought to use Him. Now He uses me.”
-Moravian Saying

All In Prayer Booklet: Week 5 - Saturday

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Week 5 (Saturday)
Praying For Needs

Ephesians 3:20-21 “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”

Today, we encourage you to pray for tomorrow’s worship and for whatever else the Holy Spirit puts on your heart.
 “God, we believe You are faithful. We believe You own the cattle on a thousand hills. We believe You are more than capable of providing for any needs we might have. We pray that you would help our unbelief. Forgive our lack of trust. Forgive our pride and yearning for independence. Give us our daily bread. And thank you for carrying us step by step.”

All In Prayer Booklet: Week 5 - Friday

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Week 5 (Friday)
Praying For Needs

Luke 6:38 “…give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”

As you pray, please pray for the finances of CBC:
·   A heart to give sacrificially
·   Freedom from debt
·   Monies for missions work
·   Funds for city outreach
·   Finances for enhancing ministry
·   Resources for building maintenance and improvement
 “God, we believe You are faithful. We believe You own the cattle on a thousand hills. We believe You are more than capable of providing for any needs we might have. We pray that you would help our unbelief. Forgive our lack of trust. Forgive our pride and yearning for independence. Give us our daily bread. And thank you for carrying us step by step.”

Uganda Prayer Guide: Day 11 - April 6, 2017

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All In Prayer Booklet: Week 5 - Thursday

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Week 5 (Thursday)

Praying For Needs

I Peter 4:10 “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace:”

As you pray, please pray for volunteers in CBC:
·   A heart to serve the Lord
·   People to volunteer as teachers and helpers in Kid City
·   Volunteers for the Media Ministry
·   Worship ministry growth
·   New groups and group leaders
·   Volunteers for the hospitality team
·   Thank You for those faithfully serving in Calvary
God, we believe You are faithful. We believe You own the cattle on a thousand hills. We believe You are more than capable of providing for any needs we might have. We pray that you would help our unbelief. Forgive our lack of trust. Forgive our pride and yearning for independence. Give us our daily bread. And thank you for carrying us step by step.”

Q&A with Dwana McGowen, Secretary

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Dwana McGowen has been a life-long member of Calvary Baptist Church and serves the staff and congregation as secretary.  She resides in Grand Prairie, TX and enjoys working in Dave’s Shirt and Trophy, the shop her late husband David started years ago, engraving an award or making a shirt for someone.  The shop is actually located in their home and Dwana likes that she can easily work there in the evenings. 

Dwana also enjoys short trips out of town with good friends just to get away.  She loves spending time with her two sons, their wives and her grand kids!  Dwana says her bucket list includes a trip to New York to visit The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir on a Sunday and for their Tuesday night prayer service.  She loves teaching & studying God’s word especially developing object lessons to use with the kids.  

What role does the church secretary officially play?

I consider myself extremely blessed to do what I do.  I love Calvary Baptist Church and it has been my life.  I love the people, the history, the strong teaching of the word of God, the staff and the many friends I have here at Calvary.   I only drive about 10 minutes to work, and don’t even face the sun coming or going.  I work with people who love the Lord and care about me. 

My official job description includes everything from answering phones to assuring accurate church membership data, ordering church curriculum, to gathering supplies needed by the ministry staff and Sunday School teachers.  I help with church dinners and care for church linens.  I do whatever is needed whenever to ensure our members and staff have what they need to serve the Lord.

One of the most important things I do is to make sure Preacher is updated on any illness or injury a member of our church family is having. Provide him and the Ministry Staff with addresses, phone numbers, what hospital someone is in and basically keep them connected with any need I am aware of in our church family. 

Now, what role does the church secretary unofficially have?

Anything and Everything – I jokingly call myself a jack of all trades and master of none.   Some of the areas of Ministry I get to work in are, “Young At Heart”, our ministry to Adults 50 years and “Younger” and the Refinery Sunday School where I teach the kids the “old songs” and have the privilege of teaching 3rd-5th Grade Girls in Sunday School.  At times I help when there is a need in Kid City.

It is my joy to do whatever Preacher and the Staff need that will help them minister to our people.

 How do you believe that helps Calvary’s staff and people See-Share-Serve-Stay?

A church is a group of baptized believers that when it is working correctly is much like a family.  Bro. Loveless does an excellent job of preaching and giving our people the chance to See God and know Him better.  We share each other’s lives when we care about one another and share both trials and victories.

As secretary I get to serve our people in some of the best and worst times of life.   As for serving I believe every member of the Calvary Baptist Church should be serving somewhere. I think everyone should have some “skin in the game”.   From setting up and cleaning up church events to teaching and participating in the music ministry we should all use our talents to serve the Lord somewhere at Calvary Baptist Church.  When we all do this we show we care about Calvary and we serve the Lord together.  I want our people to know that we as a staff care about them and I want our people to care for each other.  When you care about something you stay with it.  When you work in it you take ownership of it.

What is the No. 1 thing you love most about being our church Secretary? 

Calvary Baptist Church – the whole thing.  I grew up at Calvary Baptist Church and it truly is my life.  My parents joined here before I was born and I have been a member here all but 5 years of my life.   I love telling our younger families about the faithfulness of those who taught me as a child and it is just as big a joy to share with our older generation what our younger families are doing to teach future generations about the Lord.  I love being a part and watching God unfold the future of Calvary Baptist Church.

What is the one question you are asked most? 

There are several…….
  • Where is …? Usually I know and can & will happily get it for you. (I’ve been accused of having a kitchen sink in my storage room – lol.)  However, and this is one of my pet peeves - Please clean it up and put it back where you got it.  It belongs to the Lord and you may just need it again one day soon
  • Can I or When will…?  Usually for that question I point people to the person on staff in charge of a particular event if I don’t know the answer.  By the way, most of the time details were in the bulletin.
  • Why are we…?  Because that is what God has led the leadership of Calvary to do.  It is our job to follow the man God has placed in charge.  That is what I was taught as a child here at Calvary and I believe to the very core of my being that God raises up and takes down leaders as He chooses.   Our job is to follow the man God has put in charge.  For this time that man is Brian Loveless – and I’m not saying that because I’m on staff – it’s biblical.  Romans 13:1 “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.”

What encourages you?     

There are a several things that encourage me.  First, Bro. Loveless - When I’m in a difficult situation, I talk with him and gain his wisdom and Biblical view.  He is a man of great spiritual insight. Second, Seeing God work my life and in the lives of our people. Watching CBC children grow in the Lord.  Seeing the look on someone’s face as they realize through a lesson or experience how great God really is.

What do you want to help people understand?

First - God is Sovereign ! Whatever He does and allows is right!   I have a sign on my desk that says, “It is not mine – It is the LORD’S and whatever He does with it is right.  Since I grew up here it has been difficult at times as secretary to see changes come about.  However, with every change, (sometimes after I have worried a bit,) I have prayed, “ Lord, You do what you want with this.”  When I didn’t think it would work – I watched as it worked.  When it wasn’t a smooth transition – I trusted God and He has brought about great things through it.

Second – Absolutely NOTHING touches my life that God doesn’t open his mighty hand and allow it to touch me!  He is using it to make me more and better and stronger for Him.  My sweet hubby of 39 years had Multiple Sclerosis and through over 30 years of dealing with that and his death in April of 2014 I have learned to trust God more and more.  Many times the people of Calvary were there to help as we faced difficulties.  This has given me a special empathy when there is a death or difficult circumstance in the lives of people here at Calvary.  Totaled together David spent about a year of our marriage in the hospital or physical rehab and as I stood by him we over and over saw God bless in our physical, financial and spiritual lives.   God is Sovereign and I can trust Him and He is making me into someone more and stronger and better for His service.

Third – God will bless if we honor Him with our money and time!   I learned to tithe as a child and have always honored God in this way. He has never failed to take care of me.   It is all His anyway – He just allows me to use it as I serve and honor Him.  Come and talk with me and I’ll be happy to share my tithing experiences.

Uganda Prayer Guide: Day 10 - April 5, 2017

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All In Prayer Booklet: Week 5 - Wednesday

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Week 5 (Wednesday)
Praying For Needs

John 6:35 “Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.’”

As you pray, please pray for Mission Guatemala:
·   MANNA Worldwide
·   Bruce O’Neal- Director
·   Chuck Ward- Director of Central and South America
·   The church/ feeding center/ medical clinic of El Arado
·   Church/ feeding center progress in San Lucas
·   The children, families, and missionaries in Guatemala
·   The upcoming CBC mission trip

 “God, we believe You are faithful. We believe You own the cattle on a thousand hills. We believe You are more than capable of providing for any needs we might have. We pray that you would help our unbelief. Forgive our lack of trust. Forgive our pride and yearning for independence. Give us our daily bread. And thank you for carrying us step by step.”

Uganda Prayer Guide: Day 9 - April 4, 2017

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All In Prayer Booklet: Week 5 - Tuesday

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Week 5 (Tuesday)
Praying For Needs

Hebrews 9:27 “And just as it is appointed for man to die 

As you pray, please pray for Judgment House:
·   Volunteer force
·   Supernatural energy
·   Souls saved and lives changed
·   Unity amongst tired church members
·   Follow up and discipleship
·   Thank You for past victories!

“God, we believe You are faithful. We believe You own the cattle on a thousand hills. We believe You are more than capable of providing for any needs we might have. We pray that you would help our unbelief. Forgive our lack of trust. Forgive our pride and yearning for independence. Give us our daily bread. And thank you for carrying us step by step.”ent,”

Uganda Prayer Guide: Day 8 - April 3, 2017

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All In Prayer Booklet: Week 5 - Monday

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Week 5 (Monday)
Praying For Needs

I Peter 5:10 “And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”

As you pray, please pray for the emotional needs of our church and our city:
·   Comfort for the bereaved
·   Security for the abused
·   Health for marriage
·   Support for parents and grandparents
·   Deliverance from debt

“God, we believe You are faithful. We believe You own the cattle on a thousand hills. We believe You are more than capable of providing for any needs we might have. We pray that you would help our unbelief. Forgive our lack of trust. Forgive our pride and yearning for independence. Give us our daily bread. And thank you for carrying us step by step.”

Uganda Prayer Guide: Day 7 - April 2, 2017

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All In Prayer Booklet: Week 5 - Sunday

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Week 5 (Sunday)
Praying For Needs

Philippians 4:19 “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

In the 17 words of this verse, the Apostle Paul truly speaks volumes. Perhaps the real beauty of this text lies in the fact that it is addressed to a very needy human race. You see, unlike the animal kingdom, our needs far exceed the physical essentials of air, food, light, and shelter. We humans have emotional needs. The need to be loved, accepted, and needed. We also have Spiritual needs. We long to know our Creator and to find our place within His universe. We long to be assured of our status in eternity. We also have mental needs, psychological needs, social needs, economic needs. We are an infinitely needy people! But when we read and believe the words of our text:
            “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
            It is like a glass of cold water to the parched. Like bread to the man who is starving. Like medicine to one lying upon his death-bed.
            Notice that this verse doesn’t say that “God shall supply all your need out of his riches…” It says that “God shall supply all your need according to his riches…” In other words, His gracious provision will exceed your expectations!
            Some have lost the present tense blessing of this verse by taking the phrase, “in glory” to describe Heaven. In other words, “When we get to glory, God will supply all of our needs according to His riches.” But we won’t have any needs in Heaven! The phrase, “in glory” is describing the glorious manner in which God will supply the needs of this life, for the Christian.
            This week we come before the Sovereign Owner of all that is- asking His provision to make disciples through His church.

“He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?”
-The Apostle Paul