Our Africa Mission Trip

A Prayer Guide for Jake & Chelle Mason

October 4th and 5th

  • Please pray that Jake and I would be safe. We have 4 flights with 1 airport transfer (30 hours total travel) – RDU to DC : DC to Ethiopia : Ethiopia to Nairobi : Nairobi to Diani Beach.
  • Pray that we stay in good spirits and as with any tired, traveling spouses, that we would strive to serve; be patient with one another and avoid annoyance; frustration (Phil 2:14).
  • Pray that ALL our bags make it with us and that our transitions are easy.

October 5th – 8th

  • Pray that we would encourage and serve the North Wakers, Michael and Melissa with excellence putting their needs above our own (Phil. 2:1-11).
  • Pray for opportunities and boldness to share the gospel (Col. 4:2-6).
  • Michael and Melissa have yet to determine specifically how they want us to help serve their people group so pray for our flexibility and spontaneous preparedness (2 Tim 4:1-2).

October 8th – 13th

(A “bucket list,” personal excursion in the middle of the trip).

  • Pray for our personal time of refreshment as we do a tented safari in the Masai Mara.
  • Pray for safety as we fly on very small planes with dirt airstrips.
  • Pray that our love for one another would grow even deeper.
  • Pray that the stunning beauty of God’s creation would prompt us to awe-filled worship of the Creator (Ps. 136:1-9).

October 13th – 18th

  • Pray for our safety as we fly and drive to Ethiopia to stay with NWer, Jen.
  • Pray that Jake and Chelle would love her and her team well and serve them to our fullest capacity.
  • Pray that Chelle will be able to encourage our sister in any way needed (1 Thes. 5:11).
  • Pray for us both as we have been asked to lead a day retreat for the team (6 single ladies and 1 married couple).
  • Pray that they would be built up, revived, and loved well (Eph. 4:29; John 13:34).

October 18th –19th

  • Pray as we begin our travels back home. We fly from Ethiopia at 7:30pm to Nairobi: Nairobi to New York : New York to RDU (25 hours total travel time).
  • Pray that we would quickly get over any jet lag and get back to our normal patterns of rest (Ps. 127:2b).

Where Our 2019 JOF Monies Are Going

First, THANK YOU for coming together with the ERLC and Human Coalition to provide a new 3D/4D ultrasound machine for our Women’s Care Clinic in Raleigh!  This is such a picture of how God works through His bride to make great things happen! It just arrived this week!

You have already been a part of rescuing more than 250 children from abortion in RDU this year! That is 10 classrooms of children who will start kindergarten in 2025! You are also a part of rescuing more than 2700 children across America this year…112 classrooms of children! We cannot do it without the partnership of God’s people ad for that we are very grateful! 

Second, Dr. Russell Moore will be joining us on October 24th for a dedication of our new machine and to celebrate all that the Lord has done.  We are inviting each of you to join us!  We would love for you to have one or more pastors in attendance as well as any staff and church members you would like to bring.

DETAILS:

  • WHEN:  October 24th, 5:30pm-7pm (formal dedication at 6:00)
  • WHERE: Human Coalition’s Women’s Care Clinic (4237-105 Louisburg Rd, Raleigh, NC 27604)
  • WHAT: Machine dedication, celebration, prayer, and a group picture with our machine and clinic staff. Refreshments will be served. Children are welcome.
  • ATTIRE: Business casual
  • RSVP:  Please RSVP by October 18 to Mitzi,  MBissette@humancoalition.org.

Of the SIX ultrasound machines we are purchasing this year, the one for RDU was funded at record speed which is a testament to your dedication to rescuing children and serving families in our community.

THANK YOU!

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to me or Mitzi.

Rescuing children and serving families,
AMBER LEHMAN
alehman@humancoalition.org
National Director of Strategic Partnerships

3 Ways You Can Bless Every Home In Your Neighborhood

Josh Reed, a NWer and a consultant with the Baptist State Convention, recently published this article.

The biblical narrative puts forth God’s vision to have a people for Himself that functions as priests to neighborhoods and nations to help bring about the reality that “the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of God as the waters cover the sea” (Habakkuk 2:14)….

To read more, click the link below.

Prayer for Return of Christ

[Leader] Jesus, you promise to come again for us. You say “Surely, I am coming soon.” And we, your church respond: 

[Congregation] Come, Lord Jesus! 

Our Father has trained us to renounce ungodliness, and promises us a blessed hope of your visible return.

Let us see you, so Come, Lord Jesus! 

You have a crown of righteousness — your own righteousness — for each one of us who love your appearing.

Come, Lord Jesus!

We endure suffering and sickness in these lowly bodies, but we know you will transform this to be like your glorious body. 

We beg to be able to see you fully, as you really are, so we need you to Come, Lord Jesus! 

Jesus, you already dealt with our sin when you came at first, and made us who trust you to be righteousness. But the wrath of God is coming to this world in fire and heat, so we ask you,

Come, Lord Jesus, and deliver us from the wrath to come! 

Here at North Wake, please help us call one another to be reconciled to God, plead with one another to fight sin, meeting together and working in your mighty strength to provoke each other to love and good works —

So with our lives we ask you, come, Lord Jesus! 

We are confident you have gone to prepare a place for us, in heaven where we have permanent citizenship, and an eternal inheritance.

We long for you to Come, Lord Jesus, and meet us in the air so we can be with you forever!

We know you are patiently giving us the time to go in your power to every tribe, every family, and every language, since you are not willing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. So we ask you to open blind eyes and deaf ears.

And give us boldness and open doors, so that every one of our children, all of our family, and every friend will join with us as we ask you to come, Lord Jesus! 

Lord, we ask your help — Father, send out messengers for the harvest! Let us preach the     news of your kingdom throughout the whole world! 

Speed our work, and let us hasten the day that you Come, Lord Jesus! 

Lord Jesus, you are the superior over all Presidents, all Dictators, all Kings. But your Kingdom is not fully revealed today: the evil of oppression and violence in our country proves your will is not followed here on earth. So we ask,

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.

Your kingdom come, your will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

 

Revelation 22:20 He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!

2 Timothy 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.

2 Peter 3:8 But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed. 11 Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, 12 waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn!

Luke 12:35-36  Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning, 36 and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the wedding feast, so that they may open the door to him at once when he comes and knocks.

Matthew 24:44 Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

Philippians 1:6 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 10:24-25 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

James 5:7-8  Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. 8 You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.

John 14:3-4 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. 4 And you know the way to where I am going.”

Philippians 3:20-21 But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.

Colossians 3:4 When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. 

Matthew 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

Also see: Titus 2:11-14, 1 Corinthians 13:21, 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18, 1 John 3:2, Hebrews 9:27-28

Revelation Resources!

As we launch our study of the book of Revelation here are some resources I have been using that have been helpful in studying and enjoying Revelation:

Listening

BibleGateway.com has a number of listening options.

Background

Free Online Commentary & Bible Study

Prof. Vern Poythress has 2 wonderful resources available online for free!

Other Commentaries

If you want to dig deeper and wrestle with works that are a bit more technical and scholarly then here are 2 commentaries to consider purchasing:

Bonus

Enjoy

Larry Trotter

Social Media Resources to Help You Reach Your Neighbors

NWer Marie Burrus recently published an article on “Social Media Resources to Help You Reach Your Neighbors.”  She writes …

In our busy, disconnected modern society, finding community is hard. Especially for the unchurched, it can be even more challenging. Many Millennials are using technology as their favorite tool to find social interaction, new friend groups and activities in which to participate. I recently had a conversation with an older friend who was having a hard time finding nonbelievers to talk to. She was blown away to hear about the many websites and apps I suggested for making connections with people in her area.

To read more, click the link below.