Missions Updates May, 2020

Thank you for continuing to pray for and support our Calvary Worship Center missionaries!

Calvary Worship Center currently supports 18 missionaries or ministries in more than 15 countries on 5 continents at an annual commitment of $105,000. Your prayers and giving touch lives around the world!

Mike in Northern Iraqi Refugee Camp

On a recent trip to the Middle East, Mike and his team ministered to refugees from Syria in a refugee camp called Barda Rash, located in Northern Iraq along the Syrian border. This camp was initially established for Syrian refugees from the early days of the war in Syria over 9 years ago. These people are primarily Assyrian Christian, Kurds, and Yazidi people who were living good and peaceful lives in the land of their ancestors. Most of the refugees had gone home after ISIS's territorial defeat, but last fall Turkey attacked the northeast region of Syria. Many thousands were torn from their homes, lives, and families, and forced to flee. It is heartbreaking to hear their stories.

Mike shares, "The lady in the red dress is a widow who fled Syria. She told me how the militia from Turkey destroyed her small home. She escaped on horse with her three children, and now she is in this refugee camp and has no one to help her children. She said she could never return home because she has no money and no one to help her rebuild. Even worse, she is terrified the militia would find her and harm her and her children. Everyone says these militia are the same as ISIS, and no one will forget the horrors of their reign of terror. She pleaded with me to help her come to the United States or Canada...or anywhere."

Please pray for Syrian refugees:

  • protection from Covid-19 in the camps. They have minimal nutrition, medical care, and running water, so fighting an outbreak will be difficult.
  • long-term development - jobs, education, and medical care
  • open doors for Mike's team & the few other Christians to be able to share the good news of Jesus Christ, bringing hope for today and the next world
Pray for France!

Please remember Linda Weber and her ministry in France in your prayers!

She shares, "It seems like everyone here knows someone who has been seriously ill or has died from it (Covid-19)."

"We are beginning our 4th week of strict confinement. It seems much longer! Living in an apartment means the restrictions seem more confining as we have no yard to walk in and many of us are alone. How thankful I am for the beautiful weather we are having."

"Praise God for ZOOM and Facebook and Skype. Two churches in the area are now having services online. One is using ZOOM and we had 45 connections all at one time this past Sunday and we were able to see and talk to one another. It is so comforting. I have started doing messenger video with two of the ladies I was visiting every week to read the Bible and encourage them to give their lives to Christ (Heide and Diane). After spending time with the Lord each morning, He gives me a song. I find it on UTube and send a message and the song to my choir members to keep in touch and encourage them to trust in God during this time. I have a neighbor who checks in by text to make sure I am Okay. I don't know how it is for you, but this confinement has given more contact with people than I had when all was normal!!! God WILL be glorified in this pandemic and we must remember to GIVE Him the Glory as we talk with others. (I'm preaching to me when I say that)"

Please pray for:

  • people who have been affected by death to find comfort in God.
  • awareness of how short life is and a desire to live it for Christ. "Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom." Psalm 90:12
  • continued blessings through technology, and that many will be reached who have not understood the Gospel clearly before
  • Heide and Diane's hearts to be open to the Gospel. "The Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul” Acts 16:14
  • God to draw Linda's choir members to Himself as she shares her love and worship songs. "No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day." John 6:44
Bob & Esperanza Simons

Please continue to pray for Bob & Esperanza Simons. Bob continues to teach pastors and teachers in Vicente Guerrero, Mexico, plus students from our own School of Ministry, via Zoom. Please also pray for Esperanza's brother Alberto. He is not a believer and is currently hospitalized with cancer and a heart condition. Please pray for God's mercy and healing for him and his family physically and spiritually.

Sing to the LORD, for he has done glorious things; let this be known to all the world. Isaiah 12:5

Praise God for all the ways He continues to use His Safe Haven to bless Liberian children with special needs!

They share, "We want you to know that the construction of the His Safe Haven Village is completed! We are praising the Lord for being able to have all the mums in their own homes with their families before the virus hit Liberia. We have 7 houses built, a kitchen, dining room, therapy centre up an running and a medical clinic and pharmacy to treat the children. There are also two swing sets, a fence protecting the village and two wells on the property for collecting water. We have been able to install solar lights for lighting throughout the village in the night time and we are working on getting a solar system for the kitchen to be able to have a freezer running for food storage."

Over the last 3 years, we have watched His Safe Haven go from a group of women caring for children in rented homes to this beautiful village dedicated to God, and your prayers and generous sharing were a huge part of that!

They go on to share, "COVID-19 entered Liberia on March 16, 2020 and as a team here, after much prayer, we decided to place the Village under total quarantine as a precaution. No one would be going in or out. The children in the Village don’t have the immunity needed to fight the virus and we don’t have access to medical care here if they get sick with the virus. The Mums, cooks and security were given the options to stay or leave... With the exception of two cooks who had duties elsewhere everyone decided to stay on the property. This was not an easy decision for each individual to make! We could not guarantee an end time to the quarantine or how bad the situation would be here. We are so thankful for such a dedicated team that love and care for our children. Arrangements were made for the cooks and security to move to the land full time and a new “normal” began."

Please pray for His Safe Haven:

  • God's love, peace, and joy in His Safe Haven Village
  • protection for the children and workers from Covid-19
  • protection for Liberia as the entire country struggles with massive poverty, food insecurity, lack of medical care, and civil unrest
Juarez, Mexico

Please continue to pray for Nolan & Marie Schockey and the pastors and leaders they are training in Juarez, Mexico.

They are still being allowed to cross the border to minister. Like the rest of the world, Covid-19 in Mexico has made the lives of migrants and the poor harder. Most live day to day and don’t have a stockpile of food. Those that had jobs in El Paso cannot cross. Schools are closed, churches are closed, factories are closed or have skeleton crews and stores are limited with the amount of people allowed inside and the supplies they carry. One more of the African migrants, Ivy, was released this past Thursday from detention and is staying with the Schockeys for a couple of weeks. That leaves three more African migrants still waiting in detention: Sylvester, Celestine, & Melese.

Some updates on the pastors & leaders they are training:

  • Efrain: (pictured above) Efrain usually teaches a weekly study in 2 rehab centers, but one (full of 60 men in one small room) is not allowing him to come in due to Covid-19 restrictions. He stands in the street praying in front of the rehab center. No one leaves or enters. He hopes to get set up on video to preach to them to give them hope. They know he comes. His other rehab said to come at his own risk, so he continues to go and share the hope found in the Word of God.
  • Churches: Because of Covid-19, the neighborhood churches the pastors lead are not having traditional services. Instead, some of the pastors set the speakers outside, preach from the doorway or gateway, and the people come outside to listen to the worship and message. The pastors also go patio-to-patio, carefully following social distancing rules. The parents want to know what the Bible says about all of this. The pastors pray with them and then give them a paper with verses, a message, and homework to have done for the next week to discuss. The kids and parents love this.
  • Pepe is not allowed in the Federal prison at this time and asks for prayer for the inmates and guards. It is a tense situation when they cannot have any visitors or messages to encourage them. He is still allowed at the Federal Police station and they are glad he comes. They say, "We cannot make it to church, but you bring God to us!"
  • Isaias: The recent class of police cadets graduated. Isaias & Victor are looking forward to a new class of cadets to begin training in May so they can continue sharing weekly devotions and training in ethics. In the meantime, they are having short training classes for other law enforcement. Isaias also ministers to a shelter with over 40 Cuban refugees, preaching once a week to them about hope in Christ.
  • Victor continues at the police academy with Isaias and also ministers in a police station. He says the police are glad they are there and those who did not listen in the past now want to hear the Word of God. Even the commanders who used to walk away now stay and thank him for the message.
  • Julio: reports that some of the police have shown virus symptoms and are isolated in their homes for now. The police are afraid. They are in the public, and most don’t have gloves, masks, or hand sanitizer. Violence is up and a few police have been attacked and some have been shot, which puts everyone on edge.
  • Samuel: This sweet pastor and his wife, Ludy, continue to open their home to migrants who are abused or on the street. They currently have 14 migrants living with them. A few of them are single moms with kids. We are covering his water, electric and helping supply what food we can get. Please also pray for Ludy's brother Lalo who is hospitalized with Covid-19 and a diabetic coma.
  • Temo's father recently visited from his small village in Southern Mexico. He had accepted Christ this past summer when his daughter went home and did a V.B.S. and presented the gospel. He is growing by leaps and bounds and has a group of family and neighbors who want to hear the Word of God. He asked if we have a pastor who can go lead them. He also wanted a large print Bible. We prayed about it and got him a large print Bible, three of our teaching manuals, and an overview of our lessons, and sent him back to learn and teach with Temo’s help over the phone.

Please pray:

  • for Nolan & Marie and the Mexican pastors and leaders as they minister. Pray for wisdom for how best to balance safety for themselves and others as they continue to serve.
  • for the refugees and the men in the rehab centers, jails, and prisons to find faith and hope and healing in Jesus Christ.
  • technology provision and know-how for Efrain to be able to teach the rehab center men remotely.
  • for the neighbors, police cadets, and law enforcement officers to put their full trust in God and that God will "...open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me." Acts 26:18
  • for Ivy, Sylvester, Celestine, and Melese, the African migrants Nolan & Marie are helping. Pray for God's will to be done in each of their lives, and for them to grow in faith.
  • for Temo's father as he learns to minister in Southern Mexico. Praise God for his answer to the prayer in Matthew 9: "Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
New Mexico - Richard Encinias

Praise God that He is still using Richard Encinias to counsel the needy in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He shares that he is still able to counsel by Facetime and phone. Please pray for good fruit to come out of these times of trial!

Esther - Kenya

How Much Is 1 Child's Life Worth?

God Counts in Ones

by Colleen Briggs

Hope’s Promise impacts the lives of over one hundred children in four different countries. But each one of “our” kids have a name and a story. Child sponsorship dismantles the statistics and breaks the numbers down into the life of one child. As Mother Teresa once said, “God counts in ones.”

Sponsors deeply impact the life of Esther in Kenya. Today, the engaging teenager runs, teases siblings, hugs caregivers, and communicates well. But these accomplishments once seemed an unlikely dream.

Born in 2005 in Mathare Valley, second largest slum of Nairobi, Kenya, Esther failed to develop typically. Sometimes the best caregivers can hope for a sickly baby born into the desperation of a third world slum is that the child will die.

But Esther defied the odds. She spent much of her early years in the daycare of Mathare Worship Centre, founded by Hope’s Promise Country Coordinators, Pastor and Mama Karau. Various short-term visitors, including members of Hope’s Promise Connection Teams, met Esther. And their hearts broke for her. At age five, still unable to walk or speak, she rarely, if ever, smiled.

In 2010, Mama and I took Esther for a medical evaluation. The five-year-old sat motionless and expressionless through the exam, but huge tears rolled down her cheeks. The doctor concluded with these words, “You must decide how much this child’s life is worth because it will be expensive to care for her.”

How much this child’s life is worth? What kind of question is that?

The faces of friends passed through my mind, people who had met Esther through the years and longed to help her. Fortified, knowing many would unite to support her, I turned to Mama and said, “If you will provide the care, we’ll find the money.”

Pastor and Mama Karau brought her home soon after the exam. And, indeed, child sponsors stepped forward for Esther. Within a month, she took her first steps to the gleeful cheers of her new family. Today, not only does Esther run, she rides a skateboard!

Through child sponsorship, you affirm the infinite worth of one child’s life. You invest your heart, prayers, and resources into giving a child a family and hope for their future. You intersect with one child’s story and change its trajectory.

Please pray:

  • for Esther and the other children in Hope's Promise Sanctuary of Hope homes in Nairobi, Kenya. The family (parents and 24 orphans) have been evacuated to the family farm in Northern Kenya. Pray for their time together praying, playing, and working on online school.
  • for Kenya as it faces the Covid-19 situation.

An encouragement to Calvary Worship Center from Pastor Karau in Kenya:

Through each day the Lord pours His unfailing love upon us. At times you may feel like God has forsaken you, you feel like you are wandering in darkness oppressed by your enemies. The enemy taunts pierce you like a fatal wound. The enemy asks where is your God?

I urge all the believers to meditate on the records of God's goodness to his people. This will take your mind off the present situation as you focus your thoughts on God's ability to help and protect you and your family.

As at now the whole word is focusing on COVID 19. Believers must focus more on God for He has the power far above the COVID 19. Remember at the cross came the greatest victory that the world has ever witnessed. In Jesus we have that victory. Our God liveth forever. Amen.

Praise God for the food distribution Mathare Worship Centre was able to do last week among the needy in Mathare Valley slum! We're so thankful there wasn't any violence like Kibera Slum had experienced the week before.

Praise God! We have prayed for several months for Danson, a young man who was unfairly imprisoned for being an innocent party in a fraudulent scheme. He was released from jail last month!

  • Please continue to pray for Kenya, and for Mathare Worship Centre to be a light in a dark place and time! "You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden." Matthew 5:14
  • Please continue to pray for Danson, as he lost his scholarship and his future now seems uncertain. Pray that God will reveal His path for him to follow. "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6

Thank you for praying for Matt & Noelle Harris, serving in Uganda!

Matt shares, "Close to one year ago I was placed as the Administrator over our medical clinic, which is another branch of Terebinth. The medical center has been used by God to reach the Acholi people in so many ways. In a month we can treat as many as 250 out-patients, care for 50+ in-patients, deliver more than 30 babies, and immunize 300-400 children. We see a lot of motorcycle accidents, snake bites, and cases of severe malaria. The spiritual atmosphere in our surrounding village is very dark, and we see several attempted suicides a month, alcohol abuse, and domestic violence. But we see that Jesus' light is shining, as we open every day at the clinic with devotions with our staff and willing in-patients, and our chaplain who is a pastor who has graduated from our school who encourages, counsels, and prays with the patients even late into the night. God has used this position to stretch and grow me in a lot of ways but it's not always easy. It's been hard to see the harsh realities of life and death in the bush. And it's hard to work so closely with a corrupt local government. We praise God for what He's doing and what He will do with the clinic."

Please pray for the medical clinic as it serves so many needy people and now faces the additional challenge of Covid-19!

  • for wisdom for Matt as he serves from their new, safer home in the village
  • for protection of the poor from Covid-19
  • for the medical clinic to keep a good reputation among the people
  • for food and provision for Uganda. The country is already poor and now faces Covid-19 and a locust invasion.

Thank God for the work He continues to do in and through Janice Evans in Ukraine! Please pray:

  • For her friend, Janna, to continue to read the Bible and to understand the Gospel. "For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Luke 19:10
  • For the church to be able to minister and grow in spite of lock down. "...on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." Matthew 16:18

Thank God for Carlos & Yolanda Casco and their ministry teaching Inductive Bible Study and Marriage Seminars in Latin America! Praise God they have been able to continue meeting and teaching through Facebook and Zoom. Thank God the airlines have been helpful in postponing future seminars without financial penalty. Please pray for:

  • Online meetings through technology - that God's Word will be powerful in each life! "For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart." Hebrews 4:12
  • Future plans for ministry in Ecuador - that God will open up new doors for them to walk through.

Please pray for Eddie & Barbie Broussard as they serve globally with Navigators:

  • rich times in the Word and to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18)
  • wisdom and insight as Eddie studies for future teachings on 1) a Biblical view of wealth and 2) leadership from the Scriptures.
  • wisdom and grace for the many video and audio calls he makes to international leaders, especially in his areas of oversight in Eurasia and Latin America

When you pray or give, YOU are part of the Great Commission - going into all the world to spread the Gospel!

If you'd like to be a part of what God is doing in Missions through Calvary Worship Center, please email us at kellyb@cwccs.org or call 719-632-3311!


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