Monday, November 26, 2012

MINISTRY FOCUS: Russian Ministries

Peter Deyneka Russian Ministries  is NOT a traditional missionary-sending agency. It's an international, evangelical mission organization that is there to help people in Russia (and all of the former Soviet Union) to grow and reach deep into their communities. The ministry evangelizes and equips Next Generation leaders to become light in the darkness, and bring hope to areas where situations seem hopeless.


How can you make a difference? 

(1)  Support the work of Russian Ministries through your daily prayers. You can check the website for a LIST of prayer requests. There is at least one listed for each day of the week.

(2)  Join their RAPID RESPONSE TEAM. Rapid Response Team Members receive up-to-the-minute information in their e-mail inbox, timely prayer requests and practical ways to make a difference in the lives of post-Soviet people. There is no cost to join the team and you can leave at any time.

(3)  Make a monetary DONATION.  This ministry relies on the gifts of people, churches and Christian groups for their outreach to the former Soviet Union. Gifts given in the United States or Canada are tax-deductible.

(4)  EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES are also available to those who are interested. There is an office located in Wheaton, IL, as well as in Canada.  


Monday, November 19, 2012

MINISTRY FOCUS: Your Story Hour

 
UPDATE 1-6-2013:  A friend of mine directed me to several links pertaining to "Your Story Hour" products and, after reading through the information, I feel it is important to mention that this organization is owned and operated by Seventh-Day Adventists. They do not admit to using SDA theology in their recordings. However, intenitional or not, there are times when it does present itself. While some of their stories are basic history dramatizations, and some are just stories with good morals, there are many that also intertwine the Bible with the writings of Ellen G. White, a woman who the Seventh-Day Adventists believe to be inspired by God as a prophet (even though her teachings do not match up with Biblical teachings). For more information, take a look at THIS BLOG POST by Andy Naselli. (Scroll down the page to read all the comments posted by former SDA church members.) In my opinion, if parents are serious about wanting to raise biblically literate children without causing unnecessary confusion, then I would suggest being very careful about introducing them to "Your Story Hour" and other SDA-affiliated ministries.
 
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ORIGINAL POST:
 

YOUR STORY HOUR with Aunt Carole and Uncle Dan is "a global, non-profit, interfaith Christian educational organization working with children, youth and families of all denominations." Since 1949, their main vehicle for reaching children has been their radio broadcasts of character building stories.
Children can be inspired to make sound choices by exposure to dramatized stories evidencing the positive results of developing character traits such as honesty, integrity, courage and faith. Your Story Hour exists to provide children with this exposure.
Thousands of entertaining STORIES can be purchased on the website. Or, you can listen to full episodes of the most recent broadcasts for FREE at ONEPLACE.COM.

Other options for our children include: 


CLUBHOUSE MAGAZINE - available online for FREE - a colorful magazine filled with stories, jokes, puzzles and quizzes. Read it online, or print it out.

ADVENTURES IN THE HOLY BIBLE - 52 Online Bible lessons with quizzes, also available FREE to children.

THE RAVEN & THE RING - a FREE printable coloring book to go along with the story of "The Raven and the Ring," which can be listened to at no charge. My children and I recently listened to this story about how a poor family chose honesty over provisions, and how God provided for their needs. We all enjoyed it.



 


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

"You Can’t Make Me" Revised Edition, by Cynthia Ulrich Tobias (Book Review)

Cynthia Ulrich Tobias has revised her book “You Can’t Make Me (But I Can Be Persuaded).” I never read the original version, so I can’t really compare; but I can at least tell you what I know about this newer version.

The book defines what a strong-willed child (SWC) is, and includes a checklist to help you determine just how much strong will is prevalent in your child (or yourself). We ALL have strong will. However, some of us rarely use it, and others find it impossible not to use. This book is specifically geared towards the latter - towards those kids who refuse to budge, even when given an ultimatum. It discusses how your SWC thinks, and gives practical suggestions on how to motivate him, while still keeping peace in the home.

My husband and I have a 9-year-old son who is somewhat in the middle of the strong-will spectrum. We know he has a healthy dose of it, but we have learned he will generally get on board with our expectations if we approach him the right way. This book helped solidify that the most important thing is to respect our son as a person who has his own thoughts and ideas, while still remaining consistent with our own expectations and not backing down on consequences when the line is crossed. We are still in the learning process and don’t pretend to have it all figured out, but we have realized there are battles worth fighting (and winning), and others that are not. Finding a good balance is the key.

With that in mind, the overall theme of the book seems to be encouraging good relationships with our SWC (and with ALL of our children, for that matter.) Without a good relationship, our authority over our children won’t mean a single thing. The author (who is also a SWC) says:
"It’s not authority strong-willed children have trouble with – it’s how the authority is communicated. If you put your finger in my face and tell me I have no choice, you’ve already lost the battle... However, if I know you value and respect me, we can build a relationship that can result in my voluntarily submitting to your authority.” (Page 120)
So.... if you are dealing with a SWC, or just need more suggestions on how to effectively motivate your children to be the best they can be without yelling and pointing fingers at them all the time, I would recommend picking up this book. It doesn't have ALL the answers; but, it can help by providing some helpful suggestions to frustrated parents, grandparents, and teachers. 

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for review purposes only.


Monday, November 12, 2012

MINISTRY FOCUS: EvanTell

EvanTell  helps believers in Jesus Christ to "overcome the two biggest challenges in evangelism – (1) fear, and (2) not knowing how – so that they can go and have an immediate and eternal impact for the Kingdom."

Their website offers various resources, including FREE online evangelism training courses in personal evangelism, children’s evangelism, and workplace evangelism. Each course has 4 sessions, and each session lasts 15-20 minutes. The sessions include animation, narration, and video, as well as interactive exercises. They will help equip you to share the gospel clearly and simply whenever the opportunity arrises.  

Monday, November 5, 2012

MINISTRY FOCUS: Breath of Life Online Ministry


Breath of Life Online Ministry is a Christian site, run by Schuler Murdock, which offers FREE screensavers, greeting cards and graphics downloads.

Mr. Murdock is using this ministry to share the message of God's love by providing a place of  "inspiration and encouragement on the internet." He takes this outreach very seriously as he believes "something as simple as a screensaver or a picture can have an awesome, permanent impact on a life."

This is a non-profit, non-commercial venture. However, contributions are welcome, and they will be used to make improvements to the ministry.

Here is a sample of one of the many wallpaper choices on this site. I like this one because it goes along with the theme of this blog; but be sure to TAKE A LOOK at them all! While you are there, you can also find Bible Study tools, links to other Christian ministry sites, and inspirational music on various topics.


Monday, October 29, 2012

MINISTRY FOCUS: Wallbuilders

With the Presidential election coming up, I wanted to share the ministry of WALLBUILDERS, which is an organization "dedicated to presenting America's forgotten history and heroes, with an emphasis on the moral, religious, and constitutional foundation on which America was built – a foundation which, in recent years, has been seriously attacked and undermined."

The GOALS of Wallbuilders are to:
  1. Educate the nation concerning the Godly foundation of our country.
  2. Provide information to federal, state, and local officials as they develop public policies which reflect Biblical values.
  3. Encourage Christians to be involved in the civic arena.
As you browse the website, you will find many helpful LINKS, information on radio and TV BROADCASTS, and a LIBRARY of articles on various historical topics.

And, don't forget to check out the VOTER RESOURCES to help you in your voting decision and in your RIGHT AND YOUR DUTY TO VOTE.

If you know you will not be available to vote at your local polling station on November 6th, don't hesitate to VOTE EARLY! I will be having minor surgery on November 6th, so my husband and I both went to our local County Clerk's Office and voted early with no problem. It is simple and painless.

Please take part in voicing your opinion about the future of our country. 

MAY GOD BLESS AMERICA!


Monday, October 22, 2012

MINISTRY FOCUS: Jewish End-Time Ministries

JEM, otherwise known as Jewish End-Time Ministries, is a Bible-believing, independent Baptist ministry. Their desire is to "educate and encourage individuals to witness to their Jewish friends and co-workers in their community."  They provide resources to anyone interested in learning how to more effectively communicate the truth of the Messiah with Jewish people.

One of the resources JEM provides is FREE high-quality TRACTSAnyone is able to order them free of charge. It does cost them money to provide these, however. So, they do request assistance in helping with this cost. If you would like to make a one-time donation, or even sign up for monthly donations, go to the DONATE  page.

For churches, JEM also provides Evangelism SeminarsPassover Demonstrations, and conferences on Israel and End-Time Prophecy. If your church is interested in any of these, please CONTACT JEM for more information. Please keep in mind, even though their headquarters are located in the state of Georgia, there are various partners located across the United States.

Romans 10:1 - "Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved."

Monday, October 15, 2012

MINISTRY FOCUS: Righteous Rides

THE MISSION of RIGHTEOUS RIDES is to further the spread of the gospel message of Jesus Christ by assisting evangelistic organizations in meeting their transportation needs. Their primary ministry is leasing reliable minivans to evangelical missionaries for use during their trips home from the field.

Missionaries have a temporary need for a dependable vehicle while they are home on furlough. Rather than face the challenge of finding reliable transportation, finding the funds needed to buy or rent it, and trying to maintain it, Righteous Rides will help alleviate those stresses. When missionaries know they will be flying into St. Louis, MO or Dallas, TX, they can REQUEST a vehicle from Righteous Rides, who will meet them at the airport when they arrive. They also coordinate all of the paperwork and insurance for them in advance. The fee for the vehicle is currently $250 per month.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?  If you have a car or van you are considering trading in, you can donate the vehicle to Righteous Rides and receive a tax deduction for its full market value, and then go shopping for a new car without the hassles of negotiating on a trade-in. Righteous Rides will even remain in contact with you, and update you periodically on how your donated vehicle is being used. For more information on how to donate a car, check out their WEBSITE

If you would like to make a monetary donation to the ministry, please visit the DONATE PAGE.

There is an IMMEDIATE NEED for a FULL-TIME MISSIONARY MECHANIC to work in their shop in Moscow Mills, MO, servicing the fleet of late model Chrysler minivans, as well as repairing and prepping donated vehicles to sell. CONTACT Righteous Rides for more information on serving in this way.


Monday, October 8, 2012

MINISTRY FOCUS: Bible Related Ministries

Is your church experiencing problems from within that are making it difficult to thrive? Are you a Pastor, a Board Member, or a Layperson seeking encouragement and advice about how to improve the function of your church? BIBLE RELATED MINISTRIES, in Hinsdale, Illinois, is primarily dedicated to aiding churches undergoing internal strife and helping them through a reconciliation process.
Bible Related Ministries is a missionary outreach in that it is striving to keep Gospel preaching church doors open in America so that missionary support for those at home and abroad should not be terminated, and so the unsaved in the communities surrounding those churches can better be reached. 
BRM is affliated with IFCA (Independent Fundamental Churches of America), but will minister in any kind of church, as long as God's Word is the final authority. To name just a few, they have been active in Baptist churches, Bible churches, Community churches, Christian Missionary Aliance, Evangelical Free, Congregational, and Covenant churches.

There are NO upfront fees for their services. They do, however, request traveling expenses and a donation if possible. A Proposed Agreement is required to be signed by churches requesting arbitration.

HELPFUL LITERATURE for ministries is also available free of charge upon request. Or, you can download various articles from the website.

They do ask that any church seeking their assistance to please consider putting Bible Related Ministries on their missionary budget for monthly giving. By doing so, you will be travelling with them as an active participant in helping other churches. Donations and monthly support is also welcome by any individual who feels led to give.

Monday, October 1, 2012

MINISTRY FOCUS: Higher Ground Mission

I have never been to Higher Ground Ministry Mission, which is located in Sebree, Kentucky, but would like to visit someday.

The goal of this ministry is "to impart truth, zeal and purpose to today’s generations."

This is accomplished through many different forms such as:

~ Camps [including a Family Camp in the Fall]
~ Retreats [such as Leadership Retreat for ages 14 and up]
~ Weekly riding lessons
~ 'Pony Parties'
~ On-site and off-site LIFE Presentations
~ Children’s Programs
~ Gospel Chalk Art Presentations


Check them out on the WEBSITE or on their FACEBOOK PAGE for more information.

Monday, September 24, 2012

MINISTRY FOCUS: Bridge To Life Ministries

Located in Muskegon, Michigan, BRIDGE TO LIFE MINISTRIES began in 1983 and has become a ministry that "focuses on the needs of marriage and relational issues for the purpose of reconciling men and women to God and each other."

Aside from offering counseling, encouragement and mentoring for couples, it is their desire and commitment to also train lay couples in local churches, equipping them for an effective marriage ministry. Currently, classes are available at various churches in the state of Michigan.

Donation amounts are suggested for counseling and seminar materials. However, no one is ever denied help due to a lack of donations.

 
Bridge To Life is a 501(c) (3) organization and all contributions are tax deductible for Federal tax purposes.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Everything the Bible Says About Prayer (Book Review)

This is an interesting little book by Bethany House Publishers. There is no specific author mentioned, although, an inner page says it is compiled by Keith Wall and edited by Andy McGuire.

The book is basically a compilation of Bible verses (in various translations) that point us towards prayer. Topics include things like praying with boldness, elements of effective prayer, and Jesus’ teachings on prayer.
It is not a book I would necessarily just sit down and read, but is a good little resource to have when looking for verses on the subject.

Disclosure: I received this book free for review from Bethany House Publishers, and I have expressed my own opinions. If you have a blog of your own, and are interested in receiving review copies from Bethany House, here is a link where you can sign up: www.bethanyhouse.com/bookreviewers





Monday, September 17, 2012

MINISTRY FOCUS: Love Packages

LOVE PACKAGES is "a ministry aimed at putting Christian literature and bibles into the hands of people around the world." Christians all across the USA send bibles, Sunday School materials, tracts, magazines and books to Love Packages. Then, they are sent to ministries in poorer countries, who then distribute them to people who are hungry for the Word of God. For more information on what they will and will not accept, please visit their Needed Materials page.

If you - as an individual, a family, a church group, or Christian organization - would like to collect your used Christian literature to give to Love Packages, there are a couple of different options for getting it to them:

1.  If you live close to Butler, IL, you can bring the materials to their headquarters and drop them off. While there, feel free to stay and lend a helping hand. (See volunteer information below).

2.  If you don't live nearby, use sturdy boxes to pack materials in packages that are 35 pounds or lighter, then mail them via 4th class Media Mail through the United States Postal Service.
Aside from sending Christian literature, are there any other ways to support Love Packages? YES!
VOLUNTEER at the headquarters: If you are close enough, they always appreciate an extra set of hands. Ways you can help include:  painting, maintenance, office work, cleaning, organizing, gardening, etc. If you are interested in being a volunteer for a day (or more), please fill out the Volunteer form and they will get back to you.

DONATE:  Monetary donations are needed to maintain and expand the ministry. (A 20 ton container to Africa costs approximately $4,000.) If you do not wish to donate online, you can also send to the address listed above.
SPREAD the Word: Tell your family and friends about this ministry, send the information to other Christians, or ask a local Christian bookstore to place brochures on their counter to advertise the ministry. Bulletin inserts for your church can also be downloaded HERE.

PRAY: A vital component to having a successful ministry. 
Supporting Love Packages in any of the above areas is a great way to help make a difference in the lives of others.


Friday, September 14, 2012

Easter is About Jesus (Mukkove Johnson's New Book)

My friend, Mukkove Johnson, has recently published her newest book "Easter is About Jesus." Back in January, I did an INTERVIEW with Mukkove about her first book, "Christmas is About Jesus," and am looking forward to using it with our children this coming Christmas season. After looking over a PDF version of her new Easter book, I am excited to use it in the Spring. The book is laid out very nicely, and includes 15 short devotionals to read with younger children as Easter Sunday approaches. Along with the devotionals, there are also a few thought-provoking questions and easy activity ideas.

One note of mention is that this book does not describe or define how each symbol of Easter was originally incorporated into the holiday. For example, there is no history of the Easter Bunny, and it does not say that "doing" the Easter Bunny at this time of year is right or wrong. The focus is not on the history or the meaning of the symbols. Instead, it uses these symbols (Easter Bunny, Easter eggs, Jelly Beans, Palm Branches, Empty Tomb, etc.) to bring about discussion based on the things we SEE during this time of year. It is a unique approach. The only thing I think the book was lacking in was a clearer explanation as to the purpose of Jesus' death and resurrection. But, that can easily be incorporated into your discussion time. 

Here is Mukkove, writing to us in her own words about the book:

Vicky, Thank you for having me on your blog! It’s an honor to share with your readers.

I live and write in Alaska with my wonderful family. My parents moved here from Minnesota when I was 9, so this is definitely home. We live on our own 5 acres and enjoy seeing mountains on the way to the store, and well everywhere else, too. I home school my three children. We’re just getting geared up for that now. We have a “soft” start date of September 10. This time of year is a bit like Christmas because of all the new supplies and curriculum arriving.

I have always enjoyed writing and producing works. I started with the 6th grade class newspaper and never stopped. I worked on school newspapers and yearbooks all through high school. I write, journal, and scrapbook. I have one scrapbook from when we didn’t have a camera – more writing. I even wrote things and made them into books for my children. One of those is my first published book
Christmas is About Jesus: An Advent Devotional.

My second book is coming out in stores online September 18, 2012. Easter is About Jesus: Family Devotions for the Easter Season contains 15 devotions geared mainly towards younger children. Each devotion takes a common sight of the Easter season and explains how it can remind us of Jesus. There are discussion questions and “More Time with God” activities to help children grow in their relationship with God. The questions and activities should also help the devotions be more relevant to the entire family.

If you have read my books I would love to hear from you.

Thank you for reading,
Mukkove


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Monday, September 10, 2012

MINISTRY FOCUS: ECS Ministries

Emmaus Correspondence School (which was originally a part of Emmaus Bible College) became an independent organization in 2002. They provide International correspondence courses, study resources for churches, and have a prison ministry.

The mission statement of ECS Ministries is "to glorify God by providing doctrinally sound resources and structured study materials for the purpose of teaching people from every nation to know Jesus Christ as Savior and to live in a way that is consistent with God’s Word."

In 2011, ECS distributed 1,450,000 Bible study courses worldwide, with a 72% completion rate!  Courses can by taken by anyone interested, including students as young as 8 years old, college students, professionals, retired persons, and homemakers. The cost of each course book (which is very inexpensive) includes grading of tests. Click HERE for a list of all the languages these courses are available in.

If you are not interested in taking a course,  but would still like to help out this ministry, DONATIONS and PRAYER SUPPORT are always welcome.

Friday, September 7, 2012

As Christians, We Are All Ministers

Continuing on with the "ministry" theme, here is a quote from Dr. James L. McIntosh, the Student and Academic Dean at Brookes Bible Institute in St. Louis, MO....
QUOTE: Many times folk will make the error that a minister has to be a person that a church hires to lead them. This is not always true. Ministry comes in many different forms. If you are a true believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, having trusted in Him and Him alone for salvation, then you are in ministry. Some may be in full-time vocational ministry, a pastor, a teacher, or a missionary; but ministry is what all believers are to do every day and it starts and is practiced at home.
I love that quote, for two reasons: 
1.  Because it shares my thoughts on Christian ministry, and how we are ALL ministers for the Lord in one way or another. We all have a story to tell, and we all have the ability to share our hope in Christ with anyone who will listen.

2.  Because it was written by my DAD. The quote came from an article he wrote for the August 2012 IFCA News Connection (NOTE:  IFCA International is committed to providing fellowship, encouragement, and identification for independent churches and men of like faith, as they work together in Biblical ministry).
Rather than copy my dad's article, I'm going to direct you to the PDF link where you can read it in full, and even print it out if you wish to do so...

After you've read the article, please come back here and take a moment to share your thoughts!






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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Why Focus on Christian Ministries?

Those who follow my blog have probably noticed the theme I have been focusing on since this past Summer up until now. Every Monday, I have been introducing a different Bible-believing, Christian ministry. Let me share with you the reasons for this current theme.
1.  These posts are easy for me to write about ahead of time, then schedule them to be posted on Monday mornings. It helps save me time, and helps me be more consistent about posting on a weekly basis.

2.  Introducing various ministries can help us to know who/what is "out there." It makes us aware of what various ministries offer, allowing us to take part in their services, if interested.
3.  As Christians, we need to be supporting each other - especially in our ministries. So, these posts give us suggestions for volunteer work, give us ideas of who we can make donations to if we don't already give to a ministry, and/or tells us how we can pray for these ministries.
That's about it! So, if you know of a ministry you would like me to mention on one of my posts, I would be open to suggestions.  Feel free to send me an E-MAIL and let me know about it. 




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Monday, September 3, 2012

MINISTRY FOCUS: Military Fellowship Ministry


Military Fellowship Center is a "home away from home" for military personnel stationed in the Jacksonville, North Carolina area. They provide fun and fellowship in a loving, Christian environment, including day trips, recreation, home cooked meals, Bible studies, and Christian counseling.

Walt Croom is the director of this ministry, and it is his desire to "be a blessing to those sacrificing so much for this great country!"


Daleville, Alabama is home to another fellowship center with the same types of activities and atmosphere.

This ministry would be happy to receive donations for general operational expenses, and for a building project. Feel free to CONTACT THEM for more information.

Monday, August 27, 2012

MINISTRY FOCUS: AWANA

Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed

The goal of the AWANA programs is to equip churches and parents to help train children in knowing, loving and serving Jesus Christ. Kids have fun at weekly AWANA meetings, learning through songs, Bible lessons, games, and memory work.

The acronym for AWANA is taken from 2 Timothy 2:15:
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. (NIV)

My family and I are currently involved with an AWANA program at our local church. Other programs can be found all over the country. If you are interested in knowing more, you can check out the website for more information, and you can also access a "locator" there to find a club in your area.


Monday, August 20, 2012

MINISTRY FOCUS: Kids' Klubs, Inc.

Rene and Lynn Noble are the current directors of KIDS' KLUBS, Inc., a non-profit ministry dedicated to reaching children for Christ through weekly clubs and Summer camps. The ministry has continued now for more than 53 years with the same purpose: to reach and teach children for Christ.

Rene and Lynn began their ministry with Kids' Klubs in the fall of 1988. With headquarters located in Malden, IL, they have clubs located in various towns throughout IL, as well as a few clubs in other states. 

Several years ago, my husband and I (along with a few friends) were involved in helping get a club started at our church in central Illinois. This club is still going and has been a great outreach to the children in this community.
Clubs generally follow a format each week that looks like this:
  • Open with pledges
  • Song Time
  • Contest Time
  • Missionary Emphasis
  • Weekly Memory Verse with Game
  • Weekly Bible Lesson
  • Sword Drill
Check out the Basic Requirements if you are intersted in starting a Kids' Klub in your own church. The Nobles are great people to work with and will provide many helpful materials for club hosts, including lesson plans and awards. Other materials can be loaned for a deposit, or purchased on your own.


To help support this ministry in other ways, feel free to contact the Nobles at the address listed on the website.





Monday, August 13, 2012

MINISTRY FOCUS: Child Evangelism Fellowship

If you are looking for a Bible-centered ministry dedicated specifically to reaching children with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and getting them established into a local church, then Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) is the organization for you.


VARIOUS MINISTRIES OF CEF INCLUDE:

* Good News Clubs - Trained teachers meet with groups of children in schools, homes, community centers, churches, apartment complexes, or just about anywhere the children can easily and safely meet with their parent's permission. Each week the teacher presents an exciting Bible lesson using colorful materials from CEF Press®. This action-packed time also includes songs, Scripture memory, a missions story and review games or other activities.

* 5-Day Clubs - Fun-filled club, one and one-half hours, held each day for five consecutive days. It includes:  Bible lessons, creative learning activities, missionary story, songs, and Scripture memorization.

* Truth Chasers - Bible correspondence course designed to disciple children and adults.

* Camp Good News - Various Summer camps are located in Indiana, Illinois, New Hampshire, Texas, Maine, Florida, and Wyoming. (When I was a child/teen, the camp my family attended/worked at on a regular basis was located in Minnesota. That camp is still there, but I am pretty sure it is no longer operated by CEF Ministries. I have such wonderful memories of being a part of this camp! My brother put together this VIDEO in memory of the times we all shared there in the 1980's.)

* Wonderzone - At Wonderzone.com children can find games, activities, a virtual world… but most importantly, they encounter adventures and devotionals that help them grow in their walk with Christ. Children are introduced to Jesus and then taught how they can grow in Him.

* FREE ONLINE WORDLESS BOOK TRAINING - A Wordless Book is a small book with no words that uses five colored pages in presenting the Gospel message in an easy way. The colors represent Heaven, the darkness of sin, the blood of Christ, a clean heart, and Christian growth. CEF has a free 30-minute training session you can sign up for online. Books and instruction leaflets can be purchased inexpensively at the CEF STORE. (Note:  I have also seen some individuals make their own booklets out of construction paper, or make a beaded bracelet with the various colors.)



WAYS TO SERVE THIS MINISTRY:

~ Christian Youth in Action - A program for Teens, designed to train them to teach children about the Lord in effective and engaging ways. I took part in this ministry during the summer when I was 16. It was a great experience and one that I will never forget. I believe my sister also took part one year; and my brother couldn't get enough of it. He served for several years.

~ Volunteer at International Headquarters - Located in Warrenton, MO - 50 miles west of St. Louis. Local area volunteer missionaries serve during the week (Monday-Friday), while visiting volunteer missionaries stay a minimum of one week (Arrive Sunday; depart Saturday after breakfast.) Lunch is provided for local volunteers. Visiting volunteer missionaries enjoy full meals and lodging (private room or RV site) and are charged $10 per night, per person, to help offset volunteer costs.

~ Prayer Support - Join in prayer for the needs of children and CEF missionaries around the world. Pray specifically by selecting a prayer request from the list provided on the website.

~ Monetary Donations - CEF is a charter member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) and all donations are tax deductible.

Monday, August 6, 2012

MINISTRY FOCUS: Think On These Things Ministries

Think On These Things Ministries is an outreach of Southern View Chapel, an independent Bible Church whose goal is to  teach God's Word accurately and unapologetically. The ministry helps to equip believers through books, book reviews, Bible conferences, theology lessons, and articles dealing with contemporary theological issues.

A monthly publication, also called "Think On These Things," includes their latest article, book reviews and more. It is provided FREE of charge to anyone interested.

The articles and book reviews can be found on the church website, or the monthly newsletter can be sent to you via regular mail or e-mail. Please contact SVC to subscribe. Again, there is no charge, however, donations are gladly accepted.










Monday, July 30, 2012

MINISTRY FOCUS: Kentucky Mountain Mission


My brother, Daniel, and his family have recently been accepted as missionaries with Kentucky Mountain Mission, a conservative, independent, evangelical, faith Mission that ministers in southeast Kentucky. Through various outreaches, the mission helps spread the gospel of Jesus Christ in the Kentucky mountains and vicinity. Their outreaches include:

~ Rural church ministry - KMM missionaries pastor rural churches in various counties of southeast Kentucky. Church ministries include weekly worship services, Sunday school, Bible studies, Vacation Bible Schools, home and hospital visitation, youth outreaches and discipleship. 

~ Community Outreach - Fitness/recreational facilities, Dental clinics, School chapel programs, Prison ministry, Nursing home ministry, Biblical Counseling, Community VBS programs, etc.

Pond at the Camp

~ Gospel Team - The Crusaders use puppets, music, illusion, skits and ventriloquism, to share the love of Jesus each year in school programs, churches and community events.

~ Youth Haven Bible Camp - Summer camps and spring/fall weekend retreats for children and teens, and for campers with disabilities. Volunteer opportunities are also available for working at the camp during the Summer months. I have a nephew who is serving there this Summer, and is finding it to be a very rewarding experience. Contact the mision office for additional information. They would be happy to send you a brochure, camper registration forms, or a volunteer application. 

Daniel and his family are currently in the process of trying to raise much-needed support for their monthly expenses. If you would be interested in helping them, or would like more information on this ministry opportunity, please feel free to CONTACT ME.