Missions
At Liberty we believe that the Gospel should be shared with all who are willing to hear. We strive to share Jesus wherever we are; but we cannot go everywhere. Therefore, we believe in supporting missions that are able to share personally where we are not. Listed here are missions we believe are sharing the Gospel of Jesus and proudly support them with our finances, prayers, and other opportunities to help.


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Ap Ma Outreach


http://oipng.com


Jesse and Karie Pryor (Karie is the daughter of our own Richard and Tamara Peck) are the missionaries to the Ap Ma people in the Angoram district of the East Sepik Province in Papua New Guinea. They went to PNG in February of 2004 to supplement a work begun by Jesse's parents, John and Bonita Pryor, who have served the people faithfully in this area for 26 years, working to translate the New Testament to the Ap Ma language.
 
Though the translation work continues, Jesse and Karie have come to aid in the area of literacy training and church growth. They are currently working on construction projects to give the people a church/literacy center and classroom space. They are also working within the church to strengthen programs that were struggling, such as the women's study group and the Sunday school program.
 
Read some articles from their Outreach International of Papua New Guinea website OIPNG.com.  
 
Pryor's Great American Road Trip
Apr 24
Martinsville, IN
Liberty Christian Church
 
May 1
Stillwater, OK
Sunnybrook Christian Church
 
May 8
Cookeville, TN
First Christian Church of Cookeville
 
May 15
Kingston, TN
Morrison Hill Christian Church
 
May 22
Kimberlin Heights, TN
Gap Creek Christian Church
 
May 29
TN
Unconfirmed
 
June 5
Seymour, TN
Seymour Christian Church
 
June 12
Knoxville, TN
Woodlawn Christian Church
 
June 19
Windfall, IN
Windfall Christian
 
June 26
IN
Unconfirmed
 
July  2
Ada, OK
Naleh's Wedding
 
July 10
Albuquerque, NM
First Christian Church Albuquerque
 
July 17
Morgantown, IN
First Christian Church Morgantown
 
BIG OOOPS!
For those of you who read our email a month ago we tried to save some time and effort by using an old template. Then we forgot to delete all our old text. So the result was our announcement that we were home in the US after 5 1/2 years. Ooops! That was in 2019.  Flashback.  Obviously, that is not true. We were here last year dropping off Eli at college and working in Knoxville on a barn. Lesson learned, Thanks Mom for catching the mistake.  We will try to do better in the future. But anyways here is a more accurate depiction of life and plans.
 
Coming Soon to a City Near You
 We're back.  Many of you may ask, "Why so soon?"  Well, we know last year we  didn't get to connect with many of our supporting churches. Preparing Eli for school and building a barn left little time for visits. This summer there were wedding plans for Naleh and hopefully an immigration hearing for Israel and we wanted to make sure and connect with as many supporters as we could. So here we are again and hoping see you all this summer.  
Don't See Your Church on the List?
If you don't see your church on our list of places to visit?  It's not too late.  We have a couple of free Sunday's and some time mid week for small group or evening visits.  We would love to hear from you.  Reach out to us via email or messenger.  oipng.director@gmail.com or apmafodecentre@gmail.com
 
Indiana Landing
After a late night arrival in Indianapolis on Friday April 22nd we drove to Martinsville, IN. Karie's hometown.  Jet lag is always rough but Israel's 2-5AM antics got old very quickly.  On the 24th we were able to attend Liberty Christian Church and reconnect with old friends and family.  Judah got the chance to try his hand at blacksmithing which has been an interest of his for a while and he was also able to pick up a good used guitar with some cash he had saved up from some odd jobs and birthdays.  In no time at all we were off on our first road trip to Alvina, Missouri.  This stop was to visit friends and break the journey on our way toward Stillwater, OK for our next speaking engagement.  
 
Oklahoma Happenings
In Oklahoma we were able to squeeze in visits with three churches between meetings and meals with friends.  We got to see some beautiful country side along the way and experience one of those classic Oklahoma spring squalls complete with scary hail and wind, plus the rain and warnings for tornados that thankfully never appeared.  
 
Texas Stop Over
Traveling south from Oklahoma we drove down to Lubbock, TX to catch up with Naleh and her fiancee Ryan.  We didn't have as much time as we would have liked but both were happy and well and busy with work and school and life.  Lots of planning and dreaming going on.  It is an exciting time in life and we were happy to share a few days with them.
 
Tennessee Home
On the road again we headed northeast toward Cookeville, TN and our next speaking engagement.  After an overnight there it was back on home to Knoxville, TN to see Eli again and get back to our barn in the hills.  We have lots of churches to visit in the Knoxville area over the next several weeks.  We are so thankful for the barn, a nice dry place to stay as we reconnect with churches, family and friends.
Back in Tennessee and we are spending time with Eli and working to clean up around the barn.  Visiting churches and spending time with friends and family for the next three weeks.
As we left Texas on our long drive to First Christian Church in Cookeville TN we saw one of the most beautiful sunsets.   So thankful for chance to spend the end of spring in the USA watching the dog woods and red buds come into bloom and enjoying the first gems of the strawberry harvest.
 
We may be coming soon to a city near you!  Check out our schedule above.

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Central Japan Christian Mission


http://sayyestojapan.org


 
Tim and Lisa Turner have been ministering in Japan since 1989. They went to Japan in September of 1989 to help with a struggling church in the city of Machida, a suburb of the largest city in Japan, Tokyo. Through the years they have helped lead the church with a handful of leaders and workers. The goal is to have all Japanese leadership including a Japanese minister. Tim teaches and preaches in Japan and continues to lead the church in Machida City.

Central Japan Christian Mission has been ministering in Japan since 1958 when Paul and Kathleen Pratt arrived in Japan to begin their missionary service. The Pratt's founded the Sannobara Church of Christ in Isehara City in 1965. Since then, CJCM has been involved in the start and support of 3 other churches including the Machida Church of Christ where Tim and Lisa are located.

CJCM and the Turners are involved in various ministries in Japan including the following:
1.  Church Planting We believe that the church is the foundation through which God builds His Kingdom and want to plant vibrant and indigenous churches in the Tokyo area.
2.  Leadership Training We believe that it is important to have Japanese leaders in the church and want to train and equip young people in the churches to become the next leaders of the Japanese church.
3.  Bible Studies We want to establish small group Bible studies to help the Japanese grow in their faith and to make the Bible the foundation of their lives so that they can be contagious Christians in their own land.
4.  Family Ministry We are focusing on reaching out to young families of Japan as many of them are struggling with marriage, parenting, and child rearing.
5.  Children’s Ministry We want to reach out to children who will grow up in the church and who can be a part of the next generation of Christian leaders in Japan.
6.  Camp Ministry We are involved with and support the Shinshu Bible Camp, a Christian Church supported Bible camp in Nagano Prefecture.
 
Latest Newsletter:
Central Japan Christian Mission 61 Oak Grove Road, Temple, GA 30179
cjcmturners@yahoo.com
cjcmjapan.wordpress.com
 
 



City Light Ministries


This mission is in Indianapolis.
Our missionary is Rick Hall, who was a youth minister at Liberty from July 1981 to October 1984. 
Contact Rick Hall, Director, at citylightindy@aol.com. 
 
December 4, 2020
 
2020- A Look Back...

1)  When 2020 started for CLM, we were on a deadline to have Miss Debra's house ready for section 8 inspection on the 22nd of January. When the inspector came, everything we had been asked to do inside and outside the house was done.
When the inspection was over, we were given a list of things to fix in the basement and crawl space that wasn't on CLM's original list of “Things to Rehab.” We were given another month to bring the basement up to Section 8 code... everything from electrical, plumbing, new steps, building a new wall, mold removal, insulation, etc.

2)  Following the “Passing the of the Section 8 Inspection” with flying colors at the end of February, I went out to Iowa for
10 days to help out with my 90 year-old Mom and make daily visits with Dad at the nursing home across the pond from “The Home Place” -  My dad had donated the land for this to be built back in 1974.
 
With the mention of LV, I want to back track a bit.  Back in February, LV (CLM Alum) kept the promise that he had made to his dad when his daddy had come out of prison 5 years before, at the age of 70. When he got out of prison, Mr. King was dying a slow death from kidney failure! It was then that LV made the promise, “that he would be there for his dad, including being there for him when he died.” Most of LV's life, his dad was incarcerated or on the streets...he wasn't there for his son! But when Mr. King came out of prison for the last time, 5 years ago, LV took his daddy in. About 3 years ago, when LV moved into the Ministry House to help out with a couple of guys that had come out of prison, he also brought his dad. His dad told me that the Ministry House was the nicest place he had ever lived in. Best part of this story: LV's dad was led to Christ by his son loving him unconditionally. Whenever I'd visit the ministry house, Mr. King would be watching Christian TV or the Western Channel. The last few months of life, Mr. King was in hospice at the nursing home and  the evening he was near death, I got the call from LV... that it wouldn't be long and he wanted me there with him. When I got to the nursing home, his daddy's bed had been lowered to the floor and LV hadn't gotten back from a quick bite to eat. I talked and prayed with Mr. King and told him his son would be back soon and then I began to sing hymns and worship. After a few hymns I decided to text LV and let him know the time was getting close... as I turned to use my phone, LV was sitting in a chair behind me. I asked him how long he had been there and he said, “since How Great Thou Art.” He came down and joined me and visited with his dad and as the breathing became more labored, LV prayed with his dad. At the end of the prayer, I leaned right into Mr. King's left ear and said, “This is my 90 year-old daddy's favorite song, Heaven Came Down and Glory Filled My Soul, page 96 in the Favorite Hymns of Praise song book.” I began to sing the chorus and while I was singing the line: "When at the cross my Savior made me whole; my sins were washed away and my night was turned to day..."  Mr. King took the Hand of Jesus and quietly crossed over. LV went and got the nurses and all three ofthem were in tears as they said, “this shouldn't have happened... he should have struggled and been in a lot more pain.” I told them we had been worshiping and singing old hymns and I told them the line I was singing when Mr. King died. Needless to say, that night, “marked LV and I” and a week or so later, before I spoke at his daddy's funeral, LV shared their story “That a Promise is a Promise” and that he was there for his daddy like he “Promised” he would be.  Little did we know, at the time, how God would use their story, in the months of July and August, to encourage others, as the Lord brought me clear meaning to Ecclesiastes 7:2... “Better to go to a funeral than to a party.

3)  Got back home to Indiana about the time “The Shelter at Home” order was given and all three of my doctors let me know that I was a “High Risk” and to stay at home... don't even go to the store or to get gas... be safe! I did... I was...

4)  What “to do” when you “can't do” anymore? Years ago, a Missionary Church pastor left the Fort Wayne area and moved his family to New York City to minister. I remember him sharing that he had to have a “paradigm shift” in the way he did ministry (as he had no church building or office to go to.)  He said, he had to be pretty much daily depend on God to put his schedule together and that each morning he would pray and ask God to give him the names of three people to pray for that morning!  He said, after that, he would ask the Lord how to contact them:  1. Text them 2. E-mail them 3. Call them; or
4. Make contact in person...  He said that most days he was pretty much covered up by ministering to those 3 people and/or the few that would contact him. It didn't take me long, during “The Shelter at Home,” to find out this worked pretty well, but the Lord also put on my heart to not only start each morning with him, but to really study...really read... and really listen for Him!  Basically what the Lord and I accomplished during this time of learning (6-8 hours a day) was about the equivalent of “A Semester of Bible College!”
     
     When the Spring Weather got the grass growing, I got bold and not only mowed our yard, but a few others and a couple of our guys that had vehicles CLM had given them, met me at places where we did mulch as well as about 20 loads of gravel and whatever else we could do to help welcome Spring. Also, during the time of sheltering, I was part of 6 “Video Bible Studies” and also worked with the “Lead Indy” urban ministry training project, helping teach a handful of young men and women urban youth ministry. I lead the 3-hour Vimeo Teaching Time on “Networking & Resources.”

5)  When the “Shelter at Home” lifted, LV Williams had a couple of housing projects for us to consider for the summer and into the fall. The church parsonage on their church property needed some serious work done, but we started with a cleanup and remodel project (another bathroom and kitchen) for a lady in his church that has a teenage daughter with cerebral palsy.

     During the months of June & July, LV, Tyrone and my son Scott all helped with what was a “limited summer youth basketball program” with most days being outside. A few times they played indoor games with other AAU teams and then first Saturday of August, they finished up with a cookout. The past 2 years CLM has had two 15-passenger vans given and Scott and LV both have mini-vans from our family. The summer of 2020 didn't allow for nearly “the use of these vehicles” that we had prepared and hoped for, but we always try and remember: “JUST ONE...” Lord!  Just One that we can share Your Love and Your Hope with today, regardless of what is going on in the world around us!
 
6)  Over the years CLM's Housing Ministry allowed us to do what we called organic discipleship, as we worked, studied, ate and served the younger kids and their families too, with up to 8 older guys in each discipleship group. Yesterday I read this definition of discipleship: Discipleship simply means doing the everyday stuff of your life with other people, while
walking towards Jesus, step by step, day by day, meal by meal and conversation by conversation.  J.D. Greear continues to say, you bring people alongside you in your spiritual journey as you open up your life, rather than walking someone through a program. It doesn't take years of training; you just teach others to follow Christ as you follow Him. (I Cor. 11:1) 
 
     Although CLM doesn't do housing anymore as a ministry that we raise funds for, I many times come alongside alums like LV, James, Clark, Eric, Sconnie and a few others when they need a hand like LV has needed at Miss Yolonda's and the church parsonage.
 
     James Levi, was one of CLM's original young men, and was 14 when we opened the Care Center gym in late 1995. On his 16th birthday (June 22, 1997) we buried James’ mother following her rape & murder. James rode the roller coaster of life, like a lot of other young men, but he was always trying serve and minister to others. He spent 2 plus years with CLM learning construction skills and then started his own company “Hands of Glory Remodeling.” He spoke about a half-dozen times at churches with me, as he liked to tell even strangers, young and old alike, on the street about Jesus. Years ago, we got some used carpet from a guy that installed hardwood and lament flooring. James went to work with him for a short while to learn that skill and installing floors became his “Bread & Butter” skill. A few years back James was diagnosed with a brain tumor. I was at the hospital when they drilled the hole and found out it was benign, but the seizures the tumor gave him would not allow him to drive and he had to go on disability a couple years ago. He would still help me or some of the other guys out when needed and in late July he was helping out LV on Miss Yolonda's place and ready to help put the new floor in the kitchen with LV.  On July 23rd, James went to the doctor to have his seizure medicine adjusted. The next day, while getting ready to leave his aunt's house, he was right above the stairs on the 2nd floor when he had a seizure. The concrete he landed on broke his skull open in two places and the following day the doctors confirmed his brain was dead. A couple days later, 40 of James' family members gathered at Donor Flag Pole at Eskenazi Hospital to have James recognized by the Indiana Donor Network. The family gave me the Donor Blanket they received in his memory and later that night I was able to take “The Walk of Honor" with James two sisters, Kia & Kesha when they took his body to the operating room. A couple of nights later we had a balloon launch in James memory and I spoke there, too, like I had at the Flag Pole a few nights before.
On Saturday, August 8th, over 200 people (even with social distancing) attended James' Funeral and LV and my son Scott were two of the Pallbearers. James’ uncle and I conducted the service at Womack Memorial Church and we (the family) went to Washington Park North and literally buried James, as we took turns shoveling in the dirt as that's what “their family” had done for generations…

7)  Four Funerals in 25 Days... that changed my life (and hopefully many others) and brought Eccl. 7:2 into clear focus!   Years ago, Wayne Gordon, of Lawndale Community Ministries on the near west side of Chicago said that it takes about
15 years to even begin to have a ministry in the inner city. On January 1st, 2020, I started my 25th year of Urban Ministry and my 40th year of overall ministry. With all that said, the past nearly 30 days have been the toughest of any time in my ministry. On Thursday. August 20th, I did my 4th funeral in less than a month and another funeral I was unable to do, because it overlapped with James Levi's service. These 5 men (ages 36-53) left behind 25 children and 29 grandchildren. The Lord has worked in some amazing ways, but these 5 families will never be the same and quite honestly, neither will I.

8)  While at the cemetery, following the last funeral, I realized that we crossed paths with over 500 friends and family of
these 4 young men. The last 2 months have brought a lot of opportunities as well as struggles to serve and minister to these families. Today I'm meeting with James Levi's two sisters and after that with “Little” Dennis Washington, the son of the last man we buried. The past few months the Lord has blessed us with one (or sometimes 2) pickup (or mini-van) loads of food (each Thursday afternoon) to distribute, and much of the food has gone to the “four families” that we continue to reach out to. We have been told that this food will continue to be available through the end of the year... and in the times we are living, this
is not only a huge blessing, but an amazing “ministry tool” that was shared with me by Sister Maria, from this Spring's Video Bible Study!

A Look Ahead... As I typed these thoughts, “the son of the man the last man we buried” came back into my mind, and the floodgates of my eyes have opened up as I remembered Big Dennis and the first time I met “Little Dennis.”  Both were a little different by pretty much anyone’s standards, but they were both as precious to the Lord (and later to me) as my own son, Scott and 2 of my “God Given Sons” L.V. Williams and James Levi. The past few months the Lord has confirmed that I am
where I am supposed to be, at 62 years of age, and that the fields are “Ripe unto Harvest” not only in Indianapolis, but all over the world!  I close by saying, Thank You for all of your prayers and support over the years... 2020 has been by far the most difficult, yet the Lord is “More Than Enough” for where we have been & where we are going!  

In His Love,
Rick Hall
 
Pastor Rick Hall, Director, City Light Ministries

P.S.
- Share this e-mail with your friends and let us know when you do, so we can add them to our list.
- For questions, volunteer opportunities, or to make non-cash donations, call 317-716-6369.
- Please mail monetary ministry support to: 
 Missionary Church, Inc., Indy Outreach (N-101), P.O. Box 9127, Fort Wayne, IN 46899-9127
 
 
 

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Cookson Hills Christian Ministries


http://cooksonhills.org


See Cookson Hills Christian Ministries website:  cooksonhills.org
See the latest newsletter as you scroll past the introductory section. 
 
Since its beginning in 1957, Cookson Hills has offered help, hope, and healing to abused and neglected children and worked with their families to break the cycle of abuse, neglect, dependency, and failure.

Set on more than 1,000 acres in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains in rural northeastern Oklahoma, Cookson Hills provides a rustic and rewarding retreat for children requiring out-of-home care.

When families have exhausted the resources of their local church, school, and community and still face a crisis that threatens to overcome the families' ability to sustain themselves, the most likely place to turn to is the government-run foster care or the juvenile justice system. Cookson Hills provides an alternative to those families by offering residential care for their child in a family-modeled environment, individualized Christian education, vocational training, spiritual formation programs, and specialized therapeutic services.

Cookson Hills Christian Ministries has been involved in the lives of children and families for over 57 years.

The mission objectives have always been:

  • To demonstrate God's unconditional love to children and their families
  • To provide a Christian home and school environment
  • To model the principles of Christian living in the environments of family, school, church, and work
  • To educate children and encourage them to strive toward academic and vocational excellence
  • To promote Christian service in children and staff

Every child is born with the right to dream. Dreams fueled by hope lead to achievement, success, and infinite possibility.

In this sea of statistical improbability, hope seems like an unreachable shoreline for families caught in the troubled waters of turmoil and crisis. Yet for more than 57 years, Cookson Hills has continuously provided help to hurting families, hope to fuel the dreams of a restored life in Christ, and healing that illuminates their future. By helping children and their families of origin build stronger relationships with each other and with Christ, families find restoration, rediscover hope, and share a chance to dream together again.

Pray for their hearts to open so they can begin healing from their past hurts.  For many, that could look like: the loss of a loved one, abandonment, or abuse. 
 
Pray for a growth mindset that will allow them to realize that they can write a better story for their life and their past does not define them.
 
Pray for the kids who have transitioned out of care and that they would remember they are loved and valued by their Heavenly Father and by their family at Cookson Hills. 
 
March 2021
 
Your generosity stabilizes the world for our littlest Chargers as they begin their education right here at Cookson Hills Christian School. Because of you, our K-1 students now have the chance to start their education with a Biblical worldview and a growth mindset.

Meet the Teacher
     “She's kind of a superhero.” That is how Mrs. Riley's 17-year-old daughter, Valarie describes her. Lucky for us, Donna Riley is also our kindergarten - first-grade teacher! Donna comes to us with 11 years of teaching experience, multiple certifications, and was recently awarded Grove Public Lower Elementary teacher of the year! Aside from the supportive environment, her favorite part about teaching at CHCS is that, for the first time, she can share the good news of Jesus Christ with her students!

Making a Classroom Feel Like Home
     Starting something new can be frightening! With that in mind, Mrs. Riley wanted to make her classroom feel like home so that her students would feel comfortable instantly. A month before school began, we weren’t sure how this was going to happen. The room was bare. But you helped fill it with everything we could imagine! From the Smartboard to the circle-time carpet, reading table, and computers, our kids have multiple supports and ways to learn!

You are fostering resiliency and growth

     “I can’t write four sentences!”. “I can’t read!!”. “I don’t understand this!!”.
     These are some of the groans you may have heard a few months ago had you passed by the Kindergarten classroom. But something we work to instill in all of our students is a growth mindset. This means that we want them to be confident in their ability to grow and learn new things!

     It’s the power of “yet”. A mindset that believes “I can’t read YET” desires to keep trying instead of giving up.
Because of your support, our littlest Chargers will learn to carry this mindset with them, allowing them to show resiliency in the midst of difficulty. So thank you!  We can’t wait to see what is YET to come for these kids!
 
Thank you for your life-changing support,
Sarah Curry
Manager of Storytelling Group
 
 
 

 


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Grundy Mountain Mission School


https://mmskids.org/


Since 1921, God has brought more than 20,000 at-risk youth out of their distress and into the land of promise that is Grundy's Mountain Mission School.

Grundy serves as home, church and school to more than 200 kids in need, coming to them not only from Appalachia, but also from more than 60 countries worldwide.  They provide each child with the foundation of first-rate academics, a loving family environment, positive social support and a firm commitment to the gospel of Jesus Christ.

If you have ever volunteered to serve at Mountain Mission School, this invitation is for you.  To all those who have helped us over the past 100 years to rescue children in need from all over the world, THANK YOU!  We want to return the blessing!
  
                                                                               
 
 
 
 
 

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Hilltop Christian Camp


http://hilltopchristiancamp.com


From the Camp Director's Desk (scroll down for the latest news)
 
See the hilltopchristiancamp.com website for all dates of retreats & camp weeks.  Or call 812.988.4991. 
 
From the Hilltop Christian Camp website:
 
OUR STORY:
 
The primary Purpose and focus of Hilltop Christian Camp is to provide a secluded and unique setting where every young person or adult can have a great time while encountering the presence of the Living God through play, Bible study, fellowship, and worship.

Hilltop Christian Camp was established in 1946 by the East Columbus Christian Church of Columbus, Indiana. The land, in beautiful Brown County upon which Hilltop is located, was donated to the church by Walker & Freeman Ping for the sole purpose of establishing a Christian service camp for the area young people. In addition to having a place for Christian fun and recreation, the camp would be a place to learn more about Christ and to be challenged to serve Him in various Christian vocations.

Now owned and operated by a corporation of Christian Churches/Churches of Christ in the south central Indiana area, that heritage is being carried on through the motto, “Where Christ and a great time go together.”
 
STAFF:
RYAN CROFT Camp Director
Ryan Croft is a graduate of Johnson University with a Bachelors degree in Preaching/Church Leadership and a Masters degree from Liberty University in Small Groups and Discipleship. Ryan and his wife Mala have been married for 23 years and have two adult children, Laurel and Thomas. Ryan has served in Youth Ministry for over 20 years and served as a lead Minister for 1 year before coming to Hilltop Christian Camp.

Ryan worked as the Outdoor Adventure Director with Camp Towanda in Honesdale, PA for 3 summers. He served on the board of directors with Camp Rudolph in Yale Virginia and served there for 5 years as the dean of middle school week as well as the dean of the middle/high school fall Redefine Retreat.

Ryan and Mala are excited to be part of what God is doing at Hilltop Christian Camp!
 
MALA CROFT OFFICE MANAGER
Mala has been a Ryan’s #1 youth sponsor/volunteer for 20+ years and has over 25 years of professional marketing, management, administrative experience – including 3 summers as front office support for Camp Towanda in Honesdale, PA. She is responsible for managing the camp office year-round as well as helping wherever camp has a need to be filled (Did we mention she loves camp?!). In Fall-Winter season she will help with the hosting responsibilities of our many weekend retreats.

Mala earned a Bachelors in Counseling: Marriage and Family and Bible from Johnson University and a Masters in Human Services: Counseling from Liberty University.
 
  
Families, supporters, and friends of Hilltop
are invited to come to camp and enjoy our annual family day!

Let us know you're coming out!
 
 REGISTER NOW
First time camper parent or
new to Hilltop?Family Day is the perfect opportunity for you to get a glimpse at where your camper will be this summer! Alumni campers are always willing to share about their experiences at Hilltop!All lunch and activity options will be provided free of charge; any donations given will benefit Hilltop’s General Fund unless otherwise designated.OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES/GAMES: outdoor activities and games will be available including the paddle boats and kayaks (life jacket required).
 

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Kairos Prison Ministry


http://kairosprisonministry.org


The slogan of Kairos: Changing Hearts, Transforming Lives, Impacting the World.


  • CHANGING HEARTS - During the initial Kairos weekend, Kairos volunteers serve as God's instrument through which His love, grace and mercy are expressed to the participants/guests in a real and profound way. God begins changing hearts.
  • TRANSFORMING LIVES - Following their weekend experience, participants/guests are encouraged to take responsibility for their life choices and their relations with God; they are invited to engage in small accountability groups. Kairos volunteers continue to return monthly to provide mentoring and guidance through these accountability groups. It is here that Kairos participants/guests begin to replace old ways of thinking with new and they learn they are not alone on this journey. They realize there is a hope for a future. The prison environment begins to change; family relationships start to heal...God is transforming lives.
  • IMPACTING THE WORLD - As the Kairos community inside a prison grows and begins to gain influence, the incidences of violence decreases. Incarcerated participants who are released re-enter the outside world with a God centered, perspective and focus on becoming productive citizens. Female family members find support, strength and encouragement. Youthful offenders acquire new God centered values and change their direction in life. Families are reunited with a hope for the future.

"The Lord your God will change your heart...." (Deuteronomy 30:6)
 


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Lifeline Christian Mission: Red Sands School


https://www.lifeline.org/redsandschristianschool
 
History of Lifeline Christian Mission:
 
In 1980, Bob and Gretchen DeVoe founded Lifeline Christian Mission with the goal to minister to people spiritually and physically.  Initially, the ministry began in Grand Goave, Haiti with a Christian church and school.  As God opened doors, ministry work spread to more communities through churches and schools, health clinics, nutrition programs, disaster relief, children’s homes, and a home building ministry.
 
Lifeline has ministries in Honduras, Cuba, El Salvador, Winslow, AZ, and Canada.  Read about these efforts at lifeline.org. 
 
Ben Simms
President & CEO
Lifeline Christian Mission
 
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Morgan County Habitat for Humanity


http://habitat.org


Habitat's Vision: A world where everyone has a decent place to live.


Mission Statement: Seeking to put God's love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.


Mission Principles:

  • Demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ.
  • Focus on shelter.
  • Advocate for affordable housing.
  • Promote dignity and hope.
  • Support sustainable and transformational development.
     


Morgan County Weekday Religious Education


Morgan County Weekday Religious Education
P.O. Box 1285
Martinsville, IN 46151 
 
 June 2021  
 
Morgan County Weekday Religious Education is a ministry to third and fourth grade students in the                                    public school. With parental permission students are released from class one day a week for forty minutes to attend Bible Study in a nearby church or modular. We are very grateful for your support through the years because of your love and concern for the children in Morgan County we have been able to teach the  Bible for 67 years. Many children have accepted Christ as Savior. We are non-denominational in our teaching.
 
Our children are our future leaders of tomorrow. We know that most main line religions begin training their children at a very young age. These children grow up with very deep convictions that their religion  is truth. This is not happening in America in the Christian faith.
 
Weekday is the one avenue we have to reach out to the bulk of our children through the public school system. When permission is given we have these students up to forty-five minutes each week to  teach them what we know is truth; God's precious Word, the Bible. In this county in the year 2019-20 70% of the parents gave permission for their children to participate.
 
This last year and half has been very difficult for all of us.  This Covid pandemic has shaken all of us. At Weekday
we have been able to mail weekly lessons with permission from parents. Our attendance has dropped from 900 students to 320. While we are so grateful for the opportunity to  touch these 320 children and families; we are concerned about our being able to return to our normal classroom times this next school year.  We service 14 schools in Morgan County and normally have 75 to  80 percent of the eligible  students.
 
We need your prayers and support as decisions are made in the next month concerning the educational
program of 3rd and 4th grade students this school year 2021-2022. PLEASE HELP US KEEP THIS MINISTRY ALIVE!
 
Sincerely,
Morgan County Schools of Weekday Religious Education Board and Staff
 
 

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North Burma Christian Mission


 
Liebrandt's were recently in Thailand and Columbia,
South America, January 17-February 2. 
Please look at their FaceBook page -  https://www.facebook.com/NBCMDEAF,
Newsletter link:   https://mailchi.mp/0f82a6211831/thailand-columbia-news   
and read about the efforts made with their partners in ministry to the deaf. 
 
Dewayne and Jackie are thankful for your prayers for all their travels.  Many of you can remember what has been a favorite verse of Dewayne's that he has stressed many times.  Psalms 16:9 which says, "Man makes his plans, but God directs his footsteps."  On their two recent trips, Dewayne says the Lord directed their footsteps, especially given all that was happening due to Covid-19.
 
DEWAYNE & JACKIE LIEBRANDT'S History with NBCM:

In June 1987, Dewayne left his job at GM and joined NBCM. Dewayne and Jackie’s ministry calling is to, "take the Gospel of Christ to the deaf of the world”. Dewayne has learned 4 different Sign Languages and spoken Thai. He has worked with the deaf in 13 countries. The Liebrandt's have a broad range of ministry outreaches to the deaf in Thailand and Colombia such as: deaf churches, church camps, video productions, short-term ministry programs, sign language classes, and job training. They have a hands-on ministry, with a world-wide calling, which is focused on one deaf person at a time.
 
“...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.” Mt. 9:37-38 ESV
See:  Northburmachristianmission.org
and on FaceBook:  NBCM/DEAF@NBCMDEAF
 
The work began in 1921 when J. Russell and Gertrude Morse first answered the call of God to become missionaries to Tibet and China. Together with their children, they served the Lord faithfully through times of hunger, fatigue, floods, wars and imprisonment.  Their hearts desire was that all would hear the gospel, receive salvation, and become faithful followers of Christ. Through the years the work continued first in Burma in the early 1950s and later in Thailand in 1972 through their children and grandchildren.

In 1972, when the Morse's relocated to Thailand, they continued to evangelize, disciple, and plant churches among new tribal groups in Thailand.  Over the years, many other missionary coworkers joined the ministry bringing their own expertise and vision into the mission. Together they engaged in community development, established literacy and literature production, launched leadership programs, started educational youth homes, partnered in deaf ministry, and created audio and video productions to develop the believers spiritually, physically, and mentally.

Over the years, more than 500 churches were established across four countries,
and thousands of national believers were trained to continue the work.

NBCM continues to evangelize among various tribal and local people groups throughout S.E. Asia. Many committed national preachers partner with us to evangelize, disciple and plant churches throughout the region. NBCM serves as a resource for Bible training centers in S.E. Asia. Multiple training courses and Bible Schools are conducted for church leaders and members across many ethnicities and languages.

NBCM uses a holistic approach 
to developing tribal communities through agriculture and infrastructure development. These include health and sanitation, water projects, education, and church planting together with relief and benevolent assistance.

Our literature department in Thailand translates, designs and prepares Bibles, hymnbooks, and other Christian materials to be printed and distributed to over a dozen people groups throughout Asia in their own languages.  Many remote villages now have access to media. We produce sermons, dramas, testimonies, and other Christian programs that are uploaded to social media and distributed throughout Asia. ​These productions are a vital mode of spreading the gospel. 

Music ministry is a key aspect of Christian outreach in churches, schools and local communities. This takes on many forms from Church worship teams and hymnbooks in tribal languages to Christian CD’s and music videos distributed throughout Asia.

Partnering with tribal villages, safe housing is run by local Christians during the school year. This allows children to retain their tribal identity within a family environment while receiving Christian values and a formal education in nearby government schools.

Making disciples by living out the commands of Jesus in the workplace. Equipping and encouraging them so that 
individuals and communities are transformed spiritually, economically and socially. With the goal of glorifying God and establishing His Kingdom.

The deaf people of Asia are a significant minority group who are misunderstood and ignored by most of society. Deaf churches that were started in Chiang Mai are now run by their own leaders. This ministry continues to reach out to other countries.
 
https://www.northburmachristianmission.org/dewayne--jackie-liebrandt.html
 
 


Pinehaven Christian Children's Ranch


http://pinehaven.net


Pinehaven is a residential, year-round program aimed at providing a stable, controlled, secure environment in which young people can reach the potential that God has placed within them.  To meet the needs of our young people even better.

Pinehaven Christian School was started in 1984. What started in a basement with 12 students is now a dedicated facility capable of handling 100. Abortion is a terrible problem in our society; but rather than just talking about it, Pinehaven has a program designed to give young, unwed mothers an alternative at their Life House.
 
Pinehaven Christian Children’s Ranch and School, PO Box 940, St. Ignatius MT 59865
Dan Larsson, Head Wrangler (406) 546-9015     John Robine, Assistant Wrangler (406) 210-0634 
 
 
PINEHAVEN
CHRISTIAN
CHILDREN'S RANCH  AND SCHOOL
P.O.BOX940-ST.IGNATIUS,MONTANA59865-0940
DAN LARSSON, Head Wrangler
JOHNROBINE,AssistantWrangler
Dan (406) 546-9015
John (406) 210-0634
Office (406) 745-4545


Hello all! Welove it when winter melts into spring. I think we are finally there, although we know that we can have snow any time ofthe year. It is part   of life's adventure.Here in Montana.
We have a big announcement! Since our principal, Jon, passed away, we have made the Pinehaven Christian School work but we have been missing something. We recently hired Richard and Tifanny Jett to oversee our school as superintendent and principal. You may be wondering why their names sound familiar as many of
you are familiar with the ministry of IDES that the Jett family has been highly involved with for years. Richard is Rick and Nancy Jett's son. Let me just say that Richard and Tiffany are fitting in and doing amazing job figuring out what our school needs and getting a vision for what it can be.We love the energy and professional direction they are bringing!
Check the brochure and website for basic info on the ministry of Pinehaven! It may be time
for a refresher on what Pinehaven is here for and what we're doing.
Pinehaven wants to help as many kids as we can. I just spoke to a student from 10 years ago who knows
the value of what he got at Pinehaven. It was good for my heart to hear evidence of the impact the ministry is
making. We try to foster a safe environment that motivates young people to want to change for the better. Consistency and love can accomplish much if a person wants to change.
We have room for students! If you know a child or young adult who would benefit from some time at Pinehaven, please have them contact us at pinehavenoffice@gmail.com.We are taking applications for GA courses and haveroom for the regular students. We depend on you to spread the word to those we can help. The biggest hindrance to helping kids at Pinehaven is that parents are waiting until lives are endangered before seeking help. Sooner is better. Thank you for being a
ministry partner!
Check us out at pinehaven.net
 
Dan Larsson,
Director 

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Polish Christian Ministries


http://pcm.org


Serving the people of Poland since 1954
Polish Christian Ministries
May 2022
THE WORK CONTINUES
Thank you for giving to the Ukrainian refugee fund. Thus far we have sent $466,857 to Ostroda Camp and 24 of our Polish churches to help with refugee relief efforts. For more than two months our Polish ministry partners have worked continuously on behalf of those displaced from Ukraine. We are so inspired by their devotion and pray daily for God to give them the wisdom and strength they need.
THANK YOU, IDES
Since the beginning of the invasion, International Disaster Emergency Service (IDES) has been sending funds to Poland through PCM for Ukrainian refugee relief. We cooperated with them in making arrangements for two large containers of food to be delivered to Poland. This past week, the trucks arrived with 520,000 meals for Ukrainian refugees. Thank you, IDES, for providing such practical assistance to those in need.
PREPARING TO COME
Between May 21 and June 27, PCM will be hosting short-term workers in Poland. Over 85 volunteers are preparing to come to serve in one (or more) of the three sessions. Our primary focus will be serving at Ostroda Camp and coming alongside our ministry partners at five of the Warsaw churches as they reach out to Ukrainian refugees. We recently had a Zoom session with the key leaders for each of the ministry locations (above). We also met with one of the teams coming for the first session. These five (below) are part of the Pilgrim Community Church in the Toronto area who are eager to come and serve the children/youth in Ostroda. We thank God for each volunteer and ask for prayer as they seek to serve with the Lord's compassion and in His strength.
FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH
What a blessing it was to share with the First Christian Church in Carmi, Illinois. This congregation has supported PCM for many years. We had the opportunity to meet with several of the leaders and church members and they were eager to learn about the ministry and how they could help. We pray God's continued blessing on Greg Grant and all the congregation as they proclaim the Gospel in their city and beyond.
KENNETH A. MEADE
Once in a while you come across a person whose very presence instills hope. A person of tremendous kindness who sees the good in everyone and is quick to point it out. Our dear friend and brother, Ken Meade, was such a person. Rarely have we met someone who walked so consistently in the gift of encouragement. Ken served on the PCM Board for over 40 years. He was passionate about missions. Even after retiring, he made a point to send us notes of encouragement. Ken's life was an ongoing expression of the joyful heart of the Father. We were so saddened to hear of his passing, but we rejoice knowing he has been welcomed home by the One he loved and served. We extend our love and sympathy to his wife, Jan, and all his family and friends.
We will miss you, Ken. Thank you for the joy and encouragement you brought to our lives and ministry.
IN MEMORY OF
  
PLEASE GIVE
Thank you so much to all who have given toward the Ukrainian refugee relief fund. Although a significant amount of funds has already been sent, the needs continue.
May the light continue to shatter the darkness as we reach out in the name of Jesus.
PRAYER REQUESTS
Praise God for ...
... being our strong tower in times of trouble.
... the Polish churches and Ostroda Camp who are caring so well for those in need.
... the overwhelming response we have received in response to the refugee relief fund.
... the volunteers who are preparing to go to Poland in May and June.
... new partnerships with other non-profits so together we can make a difference.
... all of our U.S. supporters who give so the work in Poland can continue.
Please pray for ...
... God to intervene to bring a swift end to the war in Ukraine.
... protection for the people of Ukraine as they defend their nation.
... comfort for the many refugees, several of whom are separated from family members.
... wisdom and strength for our Polish partners as they care for Ukrainian refugees.
... the 85+ volunteers heading to Poland within the next two months.
... Henryk Wasilewski, the pastor in Bialogard, who is ill and awaiting heart surgery.
... Ken Meade's wife and family as they grieve the loss of their loved one.
... the ongoing church building projects in Poland.
 

UKRAINIAN REFUGEE UPDATE MAY 13
As the war in Ukraine persists, our Polish ministry partners persevere in providing the needed assistance to those who have come to Poland for shelter. We are thankful for friends like you who have made it possible to thus far send $622,857 to Ostroda Camp and 24 of our Polish churches who are serving Ukrainian refugees. Thank you!
 
We thank God that He has placed Polish Christian Ministries in a position for such a time as this. This Monday evening, May 16, David and Sandy Hatfield will fly to Poland and prepare to welcome volunteers to Warsaw. The first session begins Saturday, May 21, and will include a 9-member team from Messiah University (Mechanicsburg, PA), a 5-member team from Toronto (Canada), plus 7 other individuals who will be serving either in Warsaw or at Ostroda Camp. Altogether more than 90 volunteers will be going to Poland to serve during the three sessions. Please pray for us as we go and that all the details will fall into place so our service will be timely and effective. We will be posting regularly on Facebook and sending out email updates as often as possible.
 
GOD KNEW
As part of PCM's "3 for 3 in 3" initiative, many of you donated funds to help Christian Fellowship West in Warsaw purchase and renovate a new worship space in a local shopping mall. Little did any of us know that it would become a coordination center for several churches and non-profits as together they are working to assist the Ukrainian refugees. They recently hosted a gathering of evangelical groups to further strategize to meet the ever-changing needs. We may be surprised by this re-purposing, but God knew well in advance. The church meets there on Sundays and throughout the week it is used as a refugee relief coordination hub. We thank God that He is always preparing the way for works of service.
 
BEFORE AND AFTER
Volunteers serving with the church in Lublin recently finished renovating rooms to house refugees. So many people in our churches are working hard to make things as nice as possible for those who have suffered so much. A team from Fairmount Christian Church in Mechanicsville, VA, will be traveling to Lublin during session 3 to assist Marek and Zosia Charis and the church there in this vital work.
 
THE WORK CONTINUES
145 Ukrainian refugees are currently residing at Ostróda Camp.Polish churches continue to arrange housing, provide food, clothing, and basic needs for Ukrainian refugees.Warehouses have been established to provide for ongoing needs.Supplies are transported to Ukraine for both military & civilian use.Busloads of refugees are being transported to other European countries.Polish language classes, beauty salons, and other services are being offered.PLEASE PRAYThank God for the many donations given thus far to the refugee fund.Pray wisdom, strength, and endurance for the Polish church leaders and all the volunteers who are working tirelessly to assist the refugees.Pray for Dave and Sandy Hatfield as they depart for Poland on Monday evening.Pray for good health, safe travels, and the spirit of God to rest upon each of the volunteers as they make their way to Poland over the next few weeks.Pray that our service will be a blessing to our Polish and Ukrainian friends.Pray for supplies to arrive safely in Poland and then on to Ukraine.Pray peace over the minds and hearts of displaced Ukrainian women/children.Pray for the war to end and the horrific acts of violence to cease.PLEASE GIVE
THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY! DONATIONS ARE STILL NEEDED. PLEASE GO TO OUR WEBSITE IN ORDER TO GIVE BY PAYPAL OR CREDIT CARD.
CHECKS MADE OUT TO "POLISH CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES" WITH "UKRAINIAN REFUGEES" IN THE MEMO LINE SHOULD BE SENT TO:
POLISH CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES
740 N. SHORTRIDGE RD., #19094
INDIANAPOLIS, IN 46219-9403
FOR ADDITIONAL UPDATES, CHECK OUT OUR "POLISH CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES" FACEBOOK PAGE.

 


WellSpring


http://wellspringcenter.org


WellSpring offers emergency and transitional housing for 23 families.

A family is considered as:
- Single parent with children,
- Married couple with children, or
- Married couple without children

TRANSITIONAL HOUSING:

WellSpring is a 14-unit transitional housing facility limited to a 24 month program. We have 8 one-bedroom, 5 two-bedroom and 1 three-bedroom apartments available. Families do pay a fixed monthly rent payment for their transitional housing stay. Rent is not income based and includes stove, refrigerator, utilities, and phone. Laundry facilities and an entertainment area are also provided at no cost.

Families are able to bring their furniture and belongings from storage into their apartment. If families do not have furniture or necessities, WellSpring will try to provide what we can to assist families.

Families continue with monthly Case Management. Programs also includes a housing plan for permanent housing.

Individual service plans are designed to allow families to choose and achieve their personal goals. We also offer education opportunities, budgeting, stress management classes, computer lab and access to our food pantry.

WELLSPRING 2021 YEAR IN REVIEW