October Ministry Update 2011

Greetings from Amsterdam,

I was encouraged recently by an entry in Oswald Chambers’ My Utmost for His Highest:

“…I say to you, he who believes in Me, ….greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father” (John 14:12)

According to Chambers, “Prayer does not equip us for greater works--prayer is the greater work. …In the teachings of Jesus Christ, prayer is the working of the miracle of redemption in me, which produces the miracle of redemption in others, through the power of God. … Prayer is the battle, and it makes no difference where you are. … And He promises, ‘Whatever you ask in My name, that I will do...’ (John 14:14). …When you labor at prayer, from God’s perspective there are always results.”

Each day whether it’s sitting in my own home (with a kitty or two curled up on my lap) or taking a prayer walk in the nearby park, I enjoy connecting with the Lord through prayer. I typically focus on celebrating all He is doing, rejoicing in His goodness and of course lifting up friends and family, people I’m ministering to, those who recently became Christians and those still seeking, and many other worldwide situations and ministry opportunities. Please pray for the following:

  • Amsterdam50 Church-wide Fall Retreat — October 28-30th we’ll be at a beautiful location near Nijmegen (east Holland). The retreat will include organized times of fellowship and a specific focus on discovering the unique ways that God has made and gifted each of us. In the weeks following, hopefully we’ll be living out what we’ve learned. Pray that our hearts are open to hearing from God and that we grow in understanding our “unique design”.
  • Betty - my Chinese friend who put her faith in Jesus on September 28th. Last week we had a very good discussion about many topics including: God’s heart for the Chinese and the reason the Holy Spirit came to earth to dwell within Believers. We are currently meeting together to discuss more about the book of John and baptism. In addition, Betty has been super excited to be attending a weekly Alpha Course, where she’s learning more about the principles of the Christian faith.
    Please pray for her protection and continued growth in understanding God’s love and plan for her life.
  • Kenya Matters, school performance — The orphans are busy preparing for the end of the school year exams. Please pray for academic success for all 31 orphans, but especially for the 7 who are sitting for the standard 8 exams November 7th — 10th, which means if they pass then high school is an option: Caroline Nyokabi, Mary Wairimu, Mary Wambui, John Karanja, John Ngugi, Samuel Nd'ungu, and George Karon'ga.
  • Kenya Matters, babies — Ben and Milka Wachira (on staff working with the orphans) are the proud parents of baby Jeremy, born on October 7th. They are all doing great, rejoicing in God’s goodness and enjoying being parents for the first time. John and Peninah (house parents for the orphans) will give birth to their third child any day now. Please pray for the safe delivery of their child and for the blessed upbringing of both of these children.
  • 11/11/11, Worldwide “Serve the City” day — On this day in Amsterdam we hope to have 11 (or a few more) projects and 111 volunteers serving the elderly, disabled, and homeless as well as reaching out in random acts of kindness. Pray for God’s light to shine and that people are drawn to Him through the loving acts of kindness.
  • Preparations for “Holiday” talk — I’m honored to have been asked to speak at a women’s event here in Amsterdam at a local International Church on December 10th. Please pray for God’s wisdom and direction, as well as creative juices for what to share.

“I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, …” (Philippians 2:3-5)

Praying with you for the Kingdom,