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Missions Updates September, 2020

Nolan & Marie Schockey

Praise God with us for Nolan & Marie Schockey, faithfully serving in Juarez, Mexico! Thank God for the 17 Mexican men they lead in reaching out with the gospel.

If you have a computer, laptop, or tablet you can donate, the Shockeys will use them to bless the children of Juarez through pastor-led tutoring groups to help with online schooling and homework! Please bring them to CWC on 9/5 or 6, or contact us (kellyb@cwccs.org) for more information!

Praise God:

  • God has provided physical and spiritual food through the Schockey's ministry for many who were out of work during this time. They have seen 8-10 salvations weekly!
  • Nolan & Marie's many opportunities to pour into and disciple these men and their families
  • Pastor Pepe's faithfulness in teaching in his neighborhood church plant and children's club, plus ministering to three different cartels at the federal prison
  • The kids' clubs & feeding programs most of the pastors lead in their neighborhoods. They were able to continue through the lockdown by meeting with individual families on their patios. This gave parents a chance to hear and learn as well. Now they are able to begin meeting in groups that are 50% their normal sizes.
  • The person in charge of all Juarez jails called and asked the pastors-in-training to start going back to share weekly in the local jails

Please pray:

  • Nolan's health - he struggles with low blood pressure issues, especially in the heat
  • Continued food donations and wisdom on how best to distribute those.
  • A 10 year old boy in Juan Chez's ministry. The boy recently witnessed the murder of his father by a cartel.
  • Funds for Bibles for the soldiers and police.
  • Funds and help building patio roofs for Juan Chez and Pepe's kids' clubs & a kitchen for Ramon's church.

He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose. -Jim Elliot

Beirut, Lebanon

Please continue praying for Beirut, Lebanon, after their recent explosion. 160 people died, thousands were injured, and over 300,000 have been left homeless. Pray also for Mike, a Calvary Worship Center missionary who ministers in Lebanon and Northern Iraq.

  • Pray for peace in the midst of recent anti-government protests.
  • Pray for provision, as 85% of Lebanon's grain was destroyed in the explosion, leading to food shortages.
  • Pray for Mike's team members. Many of their homes and churches were close to the explosion and have been severely damaged.
  • Pray for outreach through food parcels and emergency and repair supplies. These will be followed up with individual meetings to address people's physical, mental, and spiritual needs. Pray for an open door to share and encourage!
Cross Centered Records

Praise God for the recent Antlers Park outreach by Cross Centered Records! 3 people came to salvation, plus 4 others rededicated their lives. Additionally, many of the homeless and needy received free lunch and food & toiletries bags.

Calvary Worship Center's Food Pantry took bags of groceries to share with those in need. This gave an opportunity to share not only food, but also prayer and the gospel!

A local food truck, Phat Frankie's Gourmet Street Food, was on site to donate lunches. When the owner drove up, he recognized the park and shared that many years ago, he had been homeless and sitting across the street, promising to feed the homeless one day. God blessed him and the team to be able to do just that Saturday!

The team was also able to minister to a young lady who is a survivor of human trafficking. Last month's Human Trafficking event helped prepare them with the knowledge and resources they needed!

Matt & Noelle Harris - Uganda

Praise God and welcome Matt & Noelle Harris, our CWC missionaries to Uganda, back to the USA! They, along with their children Emma, Madeline, and Noah, were able to return last week. We praise God for giving them a way to be here for their furlough and birth of their child. Please pray for life-giving rest and re-connection!

They are still in need of housing mid-October through mid-November, as well as January - February. If you know of any low-cost options for their family of 5 (soon to be 6), please contact them at mattharris9000@gmail.com!

Harris - Uganda

Praises:

  • They are home safely!
  • God used the poverty and hunger from the Covid shut down to bring over 60,000 people to the Business as Mission portion of the ministry. Each family received a food package and the gospel, and so many were saved that they haven't been able to keep track!
  • Since the churches weren't able to meet in large groups, small groups met in homes. Matt & Noelle had the privilege of meeting with their neighbor and her 4 sisters (pictured above) to fellowship since the sisters didn't speak the local language.
  • They saw amazing fruit right before returning home! A friend brought 2 teenage boys to visit the Harris family. The boys quickly shared that God had been convicting them of their sinful lifestyles, and they wanted to repent and be saved. After they were saved, one asked if Matt could preach at his home the following week, as his family was also ready to get saved. When they preached, almost the entire family came to salvation. Another friend of the teens was also saved that week. Praise God for these people who God sought out and saved!
  • Another neighbor also brought Matt & Noelle and their family to visit a neighboring village. When nearly 30 people in the family gathered, Matt & Noelle found a translator and shared the gospel again. The neighbor, her sister, her brother, and her mother-in-law (who was also the local witch doctor) all repented and believed.

Prayer Requests:

  • Continued ministry in Uganda by the team and ministry they left behind.
  • Complete rest and peace for Matt, Noelle, Emma, Madeline, and Noah while they are here in the USA.
  • For a safe birth in October!
  • For the new believers, including teenager Ronald (3rd from left in the picture above), and his family. For each to grow in their faith even during this time when churches are not meeting. For them to share the gospel and see transformation and growth in their own lives and the lives of others.
Hope's Promise Sanctuary of Hope - Kenya

Hope’s Promise’s Sanctuary of Hope families remain at the Karaus’ rural home where they evacuated in March. Due to the government’s recent cancellation of the entire 2020 school year because of the pandemic, they anticipate staying there through the end of the year. Kenyan students will re-start their 2020 grade in January 2021.

Geofrey and Janet had planned to start university in May. Sammy would have taken exams to conclude his senior year in June. George, Victor, and Peter would have graduated in November. Instead, with the encouragement of their caregivers, the kids are pursuing self-study in areas of interest and talent. Staff set up six refurbished laptops and connected the rural home to Wi-Fi last week, creating access to more learning opportunities.

Despite the inherent challenges of a large family hunkered down in one house, Steve Kariithi, Program Director, describes a season of healing in the context of relationship and renewed spiritual passion. Recently the kids initiated a day of fasting and prayer, and several kids continue the practice each Monday.

Please continue for fresh fire and healing for the children in Hope's Promise Sanctuary of Hope, and pray for wisdom for the Karaus and Kariithis on how to continue to minister to the children during these very unique times!

Ruth - Hope's Promise Sanctuary of Hope - Kenya

Hope’s Promise’s ministry in Kenya is excited to welcome their newest child, Ruth!

Many of you are familiar with the life-changing ministry of Hope's Promise through Sanctuary of Hope homes, led by Pastor & Mama Karau, along with their son, Pastor Steve Kariithi. These 2 homes are full with 24 teenagers. As we have all prayed along with Hope's Promise and the Karaus & Kariithis, a new path of child sponsorship has been made clear for future ministry in Mathare Valley, Kenya.

Ruth, born in 2008, lives in the Mathare Valley slum of Nairobi, Kenya with a loving, but sick and unable to work single mom and fourteen-year-old brother. Pastor Steve Kariithi tells the story of when he visited Ruth’s mother, Christine, a core member of Mathare Worship Centre. He asked how he could pray for her, expecting requests related to her illness or the family’s need for basic sustenance. Instead, she asked him to pray for her to love Jesus more. Up until now, family and community members have helped support Christine and her children, but they need additional assistance in order for Ruth to flourish. Hope’s Promise is stepping in with funds for basic living expenses. The Kenyan government canceled the entire 2020 school year due to the pandemic, but when school starts, Hope's Promise will help with education costs. Ruth attends sixth grade, loves to sing, and hopes to become a teacher when she grows up.

We invite you to make a forever impact in the life of this beautiful girl! Full sponsorship of Ruth is $40/month until school starts (hopefully January), and then it will be $60/month. You can also help with a partial sponsorship for Ruth or other children. (Click here and write "Ruth" in the "notes to admin" section.)

Matt & Jonna - Central Asia

Please continue to pray for Matt & Jonna and their children, Caleb, Malachi, Charis, and Canaan. They are in the USA and resting in Alabama.

Please pray:

  • for the people they lead and encourage in Central Asia.
  • for true, deep rest and restoration after years in a spiritually difficult, closed country. Ministry takes a toll, and living cross-culturally brings constant stresses. Evangelism in an area where sharing the gospel can lead to missionaries being deported is a continual strain. Even the excitement of new converts comes along with the knowledge that each one risks being rejected by his or her family or even imprisoned. During the past few years, they have also experienced multiple severe illnesses and injuries and difficult living situations. Please pray for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit in each of their lives, and for refreshing times of hearing God through His Word and the people around them. Pray for the children to be at rest and at peace while experiencing a new, temporary home, and while trying to continue online schooling from their home on the other side of the world, even with a 12-hour time difference.

"Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand."

"Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak." Ephesians 6:10-20

Uncle Francis - His Safe Haven, Liberia

Praise God:

  • that the official lockdown has ended for His Safe Haven in Liberia! They continue to have strong restrictions and precautions in place to protect their children, as they are very vulnerable due to their special needs.
  • for Williams and Annie, who took a baby named Uncle Francis into their home. In Liberia, children with special needs are thrown away, destroyed, forgotten, and killed. Any family with special needs is ostracized from the community. When Uncle Francis was born, his mother deserted him and left him to die because of his special needs. Williams and Annie had a 2 month old baby already, but did not see Uncle Francis as a demon or a devil, in spite of their culture. The did not want to kill him. Instead they took him and are raising him as their own. Uncle Francis is now 2 years old and thriving! The bond between him and his father is incredible. One small boy is changing culture because 2 people made a decision for good rather than evil.

Please pray for:

  • continued health and safety for the children in His Safe Haven.
  • Uncle Francis to continue to grow and thrive, and for continued blessings on him and his family.
  • for the gospel and the church to transform the Liberian culture to care for the oppressed.

"I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me." Matthew 25:40

Hope's Promise Foster Care Information Meeting

Live a life of mission right here in your own home!

Learn more about becoming a foster parent through a no obligation Hope’s Promise online information meeting Monday, 9/14, from 6:30-7:30 pm. Materials & Zoom login will be emailed to participants. Sign up below!

Janice Evans - Ukraine

Praise God that Janice Evans, missionary to Ukraine, stayed healthy in spite of exposure to Covid last month!

Prayer requests:

  • Wisdom and direction as the church plant & English Club outreach reopen. They have been able to meet for the last month. Many youth have returned but the adults are more hesitant.
  • Pavel, the young man who is tutoring the team in Russian. He is an atheist but very open to spending time with the team.
  • Vera, a young adult who is married but very controlled by another, older man. He is pressuring her to divorce her husband. They are both attending English club. Please pray for wisdom on how best to handle the situation.
  • Marina, who is starting to attend the church. She has a prodigal child living at home. Pray for God to intervene in their lives!
  • Janice's "son", Roma, who lived with her for several years. He received Jesus when he was young but is not following God. Please pray that he grows in the gospel and follows fully.
Eddie & Barbie Broussard - Global Ministry with the Navigators

Praise God:

  • Eddie and his team were recently able to present a "Missions Sending and Receiving Agreement" to govern the Navigators' 112 country ministries. Pray for the implementation process!
  • Eddie and the rest of the executive team met with their 7 global Regional Directors in their annual meeting by Zoom last month. Pray those discussions and prayer times will lead to an abundant culture of disciple-making in the Navigators ministry all around the world!

Please pray:

  • Eddie is scheduled for a total knee replacement on September 10th, and then a second on the other knee about 2 months later. Please pray for a full restoration to health and for stability in his cardiac condition.
Cuozzos - England

We are so thankful for Jeff & Naomi Cuozzo, who minister in Bath, England, as well as through a ministry to Israeli youth. Praise God for the recent wedding of their eldest son, and praise Him that they were able to enter the USA to be part of that special time!

Prayer Requests:

  • The Lord has continued blessing the Bath church plant, even in the midst of the Covid-19 lockdown. They have been meeting by Zoom for 6 months and have had a number of new couples and families join as they teach through the book of Revelation and Acts. Please pray that this fruit remains as they resume meeting in person this month!
Compassion Sunday - September 13, 2020

SCRIPTURE IS CLEAR: When we serve the poor, we serve God. When we honor people living in poverty, we honor his Son. When we protect the oppressed, we protect the kingdom of Christ. This month, we’re going to have an opportunity to do just that — an opportunity to serve, honor and protect “the least of these brothers and sisters,” in a time when it’s needed more than ever.

How? By choosing to sponsor a child living in poverty. On September 12 & 13, we'll celebrate Compassion Sunday — a day set apart to change the story for children living in poverty around the world. You’ll be invited to sponsor a precious child who would love to have someone like you to serve, honor and protect them. To love them. And to give them hope.

Please start praying about following Christ’s call to stand up for “the least of these.” We will have child packets available in the foyer that weekend (many in countries we plan to visit on future short-term missions trips). If you don't want to wait, you can text the word "connect" to 83393 or click below to sponsor a child today. Please pray and trust God to bring the child HE wants you to support as you sign up!

It is the whole job of the whole church to preach the whole gospel to the whole world. C. H. Spurgeon

Calvary Worship Center Missions

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!