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.
Ap Ma Outreach
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.
Painiten Literacy Classroom Opening
While visiting churches in 2018 we often talked about Asunta Woimba. She started her own literacy class she started after learning to read in one of our early adult literacy classes more than 10 years ago. On the 22nd of August she and her co-teachers have opened a new literacy classroom in the neighboring village of Painiten. Since the beginning of her classes 4 years ago she has helped many men and women learn to read and improve their fluency. This has enabled them to participate actively in church services reading and studying scripture. Because of her success and the positive community response two other FODE students have expressed interest in beginning adult literacy classes in their churches in other nearby villages. Pray that these teachers and students would continue to pursue their goals of improving literacy locally.Samban Clinic Birthing House
Many have asked us how the birthing house has been received since it first opened in December last year. We feel it has been very well received. In the months since it has been opened we have had 52 deliveries among them three sets of twins. Mothers have come from 12 different villages and 55 babies have been born for an average of 6.1 babies per month. Deliveries aren't the only use of this house. On Thursdays it is used for antenatal clinic and on Fridays the birthing house is used for family planning clinic when a delivery isn't in progress. This extra work load has necessitated the hire of another local woman to help with the extra cleaning and laundry and has pushed our current health workers into working a lot of overtime. Please pray that the government would quickly put our workers on payroll so we can employ the extra staff needed to offset this extra workload. Thank you for your prayers for our staff and the staff, mothers and babies!
Pryor Happenings the Long and the Short (For the short version just read the subtitles)
We traveled to the USA to enroll Elijah at Johnson University as well as help him adjusted to a different culture. This summer has been different for our family in many ways. When we came back in May it was our intent to use this summer as a transition period for Elijah as he navigated high school graduation, learning to drive in the US, transitioning to work and then college life etc. We were also eager to be together as a family with Naleh. However, despite all the family responsibilities we also needed to balance work responsibilities.
We sold our house in Indiana and are building a barn in Tennessee. Many are probably unaware that 16 years ago when we left for Papua New Guinea we owned a house in Gosport, IN. Two years ago we decided to sell the house. When the opportunity arose to build in Knoxville, TN we were happy to move closer to Jesse’s family and near to the university Elijah was planning to attend. So, this summer, to keep costs low and maximize time on the job, we have been living in a tent on the side of a beautiful hill in TN. The Tennessee home will be a refuge for our kids in the US and a rent free place for furloughs.
We anticipate the barn will be a place our kids can come to if they need a place to stay on holidays or summers. We also plan to use it when we visit the US to have a place of our own to stay that is rent free. We started our build with a small summer kitchen/patio that would give us a place to cook and eat and hide from the summer sun. Karie got busy setting in a garden and planting fruit trees, herbs and grapes, and blueberries and asparagus that will ensure in years to come our place of refuge will be able to look after us well. Then Jesse and Judah began work on the foundation of the barn. After many months of work on the foundation and milling timber to avoid high timber cost, in August we were able to see the first posts raised. The joinery is now well underway for the rest of the posts and beams.
Kids got jobs this summer and parents worked on the barn and grounds while managing the ongoing work in PNG.
Meanwhile, the two older kids got jobs here in Knoxville. Naleh worked part time at both Lowes Hardware and KARM (Knox Area Rescue Mission) Thrift Store. Elijah worked on the grounds crew for Johnson University. Judah was drafted into service with his father and managed to get some high school credit for work-study and carpentry. Israel has loved exploring the creek bed, feeding the fish, picking tomatoes swinging on the tire swing and just digging in the dirt. Despite our busy building project we have continued to manage payroll for the work that continues in PNG, buy and ship items for the clinic, grade papers for the correspondence students, and prepare for the upcoming National Exams in PNG scheduled for Oct. Life has been a balancing act this summer.
We have dubbed our little patch of heaven, “The Cleft”. We worked ourselves like crazy and we have loved it. We have begun calling this hillside The Cleft. The name surfaced not long after we arrived here. The old Fanny Crosby hymn came to mind one morning as we were up early on the patio watching the sun rise. It felt as though this was a place where we were hidden, protected, safe, and cared for. We have needed this time, and are so thankful for this place.
This summer we have been thankful to listen and learn at church rather than speak. Usually when we are back in the US we make a big push to see every supporting church and it takes an enormous amount of time, energy and resources to travel from New Mexico to North Carolina from Indiana to Tennessee and in each place we travel we are expected to present the work, which we love. Rare are the times we have been to a US service and had the pleasure of being a member of the congregation. We have been privileged to listen and study and learn. We have treasured these times this summer.
What’s next for Pryor’s.
Naleh is back at school in Lubbock Texas, a Junior on the Elementary Education program. Elijah is at school here in Knoxville, Tennessee a Freshman at Johnson University on the Business Studies program, Judah is a Sophomore in High school this year and Israel is an active 4 year old who will probably get in a bit of Pre-K after we get back to PNG. Covid restrictions in PNG have made travel more difficult and currently we are scheduled to depart for PNG Oct 5th from Dallas, TX. Once in PNG there is a 21 day quarantine and weekly testing to endure before our travel back to the village.
A wonderful savior is Jesus my Lord,
A wonderful savior is He.
He hideth my soul in the cleft of a rock,
Where rivers of pleasure I see.
He hideth my should in the cleft of a rock,
That shadows a dry thirsty land,
He hideth my life in the depths of his love,
And covers me there with his hand,
And covers me there with his hand.
-Fanny CrosbyPlans for the rest of 2021
October- Return to PNG, National Testing at FODE, Fix everything that has broken over the summer.
November- Complete the interior walls of the new Lab and expansion ward at the clinic.
December- Complete and open the new ward and begin work on the FODE classrooms. Items of Prayer
Naleh and Elijah in School in the US. Judah and Israel in school in PNG.
Pray for government to pay for additional staff for the school and clinic so that the work can continue to grow.
Pray for the Painiten Literacy Classes and teachers.
Pray for the local church leaders.
Pray for smooth transitions in our return and quarantine etc.
Central Japan Christian Mission
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.
Central Japan Christian Mission 61 Oak Grove Road, Temple, GA 30179 email@example.com
Central Japan Christian Mission
61 Oak Grove Road,
Temple, GA 30179 firstname.lastname@example.org cjcmjapan.wordpress.com
September 8, 2021
September Greetings! And just like that, the hot summer month of August has moved into the “fall is just
around the corner” month of September. We hope you are all doing well and that
you had a wonderful summer. We are doing fine and getting back into the swing
of things after the summer holidays. Lisa is back teaching at the Christian
Academy in Japan and Tim is back to his usual schedule at the Machida Church.
We are grateful for your continued interest in us and the work in Japan and we
hope to let you know about what has been going on.
The Covid-19 Situation in Japan
August has seen an increase in Covid-19 cases not
only in Tokyo but throughout Japan. The numbers began to slowly rise in July
and hit its peak in Tokyo on August 13th with 5773 one day cases. The whole of
Japan hit its peak on August 21st with over 25000 one day cases. Since then,
the numbers have been slowly declining but the government is still on high
alert and there is talk of extending the “State of emergency” again from the
present September 12th date. There was also talk of having schools go online
but with the numbers decreasing, students were back in the classroom at the
start of the term. The vaccinations are continuing to be administered with a
little over 50% of the population having received the vaccine.
The Machida Church
With the rise in Covid cases in August, the
leadership team at the Machida Church decided to cancel the face-to-face Sunday
services and go all online. We decided to do it two weeks at a time, but with
the continued rise and concern, have continued up until the present. Tim was
hoping to start meeting at the church building from September but we decided to
cancel and only let a few attend who have a hard getting online. The numbers are decreasing so we hope to meet
soon. Since we were not meeting on Sunday, other activities and events were also canceled
so it has been a quiet month for the church. A usual summer would have had camps and VBSs but it has been rather quiet around the church. We did have a fellowship on Zoom on Sunday, August 22nd and had close to 10 attend to see
each other, share what has been going on, and to pray together.
Izumi Junior College
Tim and Travis finished their spring
semester at Izumi Junior College on August 4th. They both gave a final test at
the last class. Although classes were finished up, they still had to grade
tests, grade several assignments, and then record and send in the final grades.
They finally finished up and sent everything in the last week of August. Now
they are off till next April as another teacher will teach the English classes
The Turner Family
The Turner family is having a good summer.
Joshua started his last year at Toccoa Falls College on August 23rd and is on track to graduate next May. He is looking
forward to his last year and is already enjoying his classes. Please be inprayer for him as he finishes and then as he seeks his path after graduation.
Spencer had a good summer leading the ropes course at Northstar Lodge and Norikura Base.
Because of Covid, guests and customers were not as many as usual, but his summer went well. The leadership
at Northstar are thinking about the future and considering some major changes.
Please be in prayer for Spencer and the Northstar Lodge.
Katie and Joel are doing well in Knoxville. Katie started another school year at Berean Christian
School on August 9th. She is starting her 6th year of teaching. She has a good group of kids and looking
forward to the year. She is teaching in the Soars Program teaching Orton
Gillingham reading to 1st through 5th grades who have dyslexia and other
reading challenges. Joel began helping out at Berean School with their gamin
club. Please be in prayer for him as he continues to look for a full time job.
Sarah began her 3rd year as elementary principal at Okinawa Christian School on August 24th.
She had several weeks of intense preparation in August as she
interviewed prospective students and struggled to find some new teachers to
fill in some vacant spots. Everything came together though and she is having a
good start to the new school year. Please be in prayer for Sarah as she begins
another school year.
Lisa enjoyed a quiet two weeks ofquarantine before the busyness of school started again. Teachers were back at
school on the 18th and classes started on the 24th. She has 10 students in her
kindergarten class at the Christian Academy in Japan although shewill be getting several more students as
the school year progresses. She also has a new co-teacher which seems to be
working out well.
Tim is doing welland planning for the fall in the midst of Corona. Please continue to pray for
us as we get ready for the fall and a new school year for Lisa.
Travis and Becky and family are doing well and
have had a good summer. Naomi had summer vacation from kindergarten in August
and the Kilsons were able to get away for a few days of vacation. Naomi also
turned 6 in August and growing into a lovely and compassionate girl. Next year, Maye will be going to kindergarten
so they have started looking into several kindergartens and attending some explanatory
meetings. Daniel also turned 6 months old in August and growing fast. He is
dearly lovedby his older sisters.Please pray for the Kilsons as they continue to minister in their neighborhood
and at the Machida Church.
We are again very thankful for your interest in
the work here in Japan. We thank you for your prayers and support throughout
the summer. Now as we look to the fall, we ask for your prayers again for us
especially as we continue to navigate through the concerns of Covid-19. We pray
that you will also have a wonderful fall season ahead of you. May God richly bless you all.
Partners in Christ,
Tim and Lisa Turner
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 email@example.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,
Pastor Rick Hall, Director, City Light Ministries
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Cookson Hills Christian Ministries
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.
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,
Manager of Storytelling Group
Grundy Mountain Mission School
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!
Hilltop Christian Camp
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:
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.”
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.
From the Camp Director's Desk
HAPPENINGS & HORIZONS
Flowers are starting to pop up all over camp and the trees are coming back to life with beautiful color. We have also started seeing more of our furry and winged friends around camp. With warmer temperatures we know that summer is right around the corner. I am very excited that we can have camp this summer and look forward to seeing God move amazingly in the lives of our campers.
The new zip line is up and almost ready to go. I have already been down it at least a dozen times and can’t wait to see the smiling faces of campers as they race through the woods! All over camp things are starting to take shape for summer but there is still a lot of work to be done. We have had a very busy retreat season this winter and spring so we need all the help we can get at our upcoming workdays. Check out the maintenance minute to get all the details.
Summer is just a couple months away so don’t forget to get your campers registered. Several of our camp weeks are already getting close to being full! If a week does fill up and you choose to go on a waiting list, make sure to watch your email, especially your spam folder, for an email letting you know if more spaces have opened up. We are hoping by May to have new guidelines from the health department letting us know if we can increase camper capacity this summer.
Be sure to look at the Horizon’s section of the newsletter to see all the latest information on what is happening at Hilltop this year!
Celebrating 75 years of Christian camping!
Blessings in Christ,
HAPPENINGS … IT IS FINISHED!!!
Hilltop’s dual Zipline is finished; staff are being trained; and it’s ready for the official opening May 22, 2021 - FAMILY DAY! We are thankful for your support and promotion of this project and all things camp - we could not do it without all of you! We are better together! We hope that you will prayerfully consider investing in camp through your donations to the “75FUND”, the strategic debt reduction plan, or make a general donation to help with daily camp operations. Thank you for loving camp! Donate to Hilltop here!
HORIZONS … Summer camp is coming! Please register your camper as soon as possible we do have 1 session that already has a waiting list. The theme for Summer 2021 is Crossroads and focuses on Jeremiah 6:16 -“Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths; ask where the good ways is and you will find rest for your souls…”*a fee applies if paying within 2 weeks of 1st day of session*
REGISTER HEREJOIN FORCES FOR CAMP & CAMPERS- We need you April 24th & May 8th -
We have 2 big projects that takes lots of hands. April 24th we will be uncovering the pool and setting up the deck. May 8th we will be setting tents for Wilderness camp. We also need help to spring clean dorms, get trails ready, move gravel, cut wood, mow, weed eat, etc. We want everything in tip top shape for campers this upcoming season!
Come 1 day, both days, half a day, all day, OR let us know if you can come out another day! We will find a way to utilize the skills you have to offer and we are thankful for the opportunity to work alongside one another. Bring yourself, bring your friend, and bring your lunch. We would love to connect you to a project!
Give camp a call at 812.988.4991 or email camp at firstname.lastname@example.org.CLICK HERE TO LET US KNOW YOU'RE IN TO HELP However you do it - thanks for loving camp!
UPCOMING EVENTS & OPPORTUNITIES SAVE THE DATE FOR FAMILY DAY
Come to Hilltop for a day of family, food, and fun!
RSVP and Get More Details Here! CAMP IS HIRING!
Come be part of a Summer of ministry to some awesome students!
Kairos Prison Ministry
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)
Lifeline Christian Mission: Red Sands School
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.
President & CEO
Lifeline Christian Mission
P.S. Your gift of any amount will make this a summer to remember! Give your special, extra donation by August 31! Donate today! Lifeline Christian Mission | 921 Eastwind Drive, Suite 104, Westerville, OH 43081
Morgan County Habitat for Humanity
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.
- 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
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!
Morgan County Schools of Weekday Religious Education Board and Staff
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
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.
Pinehaven Christian Children's Ranch
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
Polish Christian Ministries
Serving the people of Poland since 1954
Polish Christian Ministries
Serving the people of Poland since 1954
Polish Christian Ministries
"My job was to plant the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God, not we, who made it grow.... God is important because He is the One who makes the seed grow." I Corinthians 3:6-7
We are scheduled to arrive in Warsaw, Poland, within minutes of when this newsletter will arrive in your inbox. Our first order of business is to catch a tram like the one above and head into town to exchange money, purchase sim cards for our phones, and reactivate our Warsaw transportation ID's. It's been a year and a half since we've been in Poland, so we are eager to be back and see those we love. Chris Santasiere (PCM Board member) and Doyle Warren (former PCM Board member) will be joining us for part of our stay. Please pray for safety as we travel and good health as we interact with our dear
Polish ministry partners.
We counted it a joy to visit "in-person" with the Southport Heights Christian Church in Indianapolis, IN. Steve and Joan Ferguson and the entire congregation welcomed us so warmly. During lunch with the mission team we were able to Zoom with Pastor Henryk Wasilewski, his grandson Kacper, and Andrzej Korytkowski, who graciously served as translator. Southport Heights is Henryk's "Living Link" church and we are so grateful for their continuous care and support for the church in Bialogard, Poland.
FAIRFIELD CHRISTIAN CHURCH
This past weekend we had the wonderful opportunity to share with the Fairfield Christian Church in Lancaster, Ohio. We enjoyed a dinner with the mission team Saturday evening and then shared an update with four adult classes on Sunday. This congregation has supported PCM for many years and we give thanks to God for their heart for the nations.
ZOOM PRAYER SESSION
Thank you, Pastor Piotr Karel, for joining us in August for our "Prayer for Poland" Zoom session with U.S. partners. Piotr has pastored the church in Kolobrzeg since its inception in 1978. As he has entered a new season of retirement, it was good to hear from him and how we can pray for the ongoing ministry of the church. Thank you so much to Andrzej Bajenski for sharing insights and helping with translation. We look forward to being with Piotr and Nelli and the Kolobrzeg congregation in early October.
We are thankful to Nola Shollenberger and others like her who donate to PCM in memory of those faithful servants who have gone on to be with the Lord. We honor each one and their continuing legacy of faith on behalf of the churches in Poland.
$276,138.57 thus far
We thank God for funds received to help build/renovate church buildings ($6,000 this month), to provide scholarships for training Polish workers ($3,000 this month), and to help finance a worship training center for worship teams from the local Polish churches in Poland ($30,000 this month).
Praise God for ...
... the 199 baptisms amongst our churches in 2020.
... the Ukrainian youth camp (19 first-time decisions for Christ).
... the healing of several of our Polish partners who were sick with Covid-19.
... Jesse Huhn and his family - new ministry partners in Sandomierz.
... all of our U.S. supporting churches and individuals.
Please pray for ...
... the seed of the gospel to grow in the hearts of those who have ears to hear.
... the Covid-19 virus to run its course and no longer pose a threat.
... Basia Kosewska (wife of Adam Kosewski) to safely carry their baby full-term.
... Justyna Osik (wife of Lukasz Osik) having surgery Sept. 17 for endometriosis.
... good health for all our Polish ministry partners and their families.
... the churches in Lidzbark Welski and Radom as they are in need of pastors.
... Dave and Sandy as they share PCM updates:
October 10: Warren Church of Christ, Warren, IN
October 17: East Sparta Christian Church, East Sparta, Ohio
October 26: Lighthouse Christian Church, Oceanside, CA
... Dave and Sandy's trip to Poland (Aug. 31 - Oct 6)
Sept 5: Plock, Poland - 30th Anniversary
Sept 6-8: Ostroda Camp
Sept 12: Bielsk Podlaski - Poland Thanksgiving Service
Sept 13: Siemiatycze
Sept 15: Kutno
Sept 18: Warsaw West
Sept 19 (AM): Warsaw West
Sept 19: (PM) Warsaw South, Poland - 10th Anniversary
Sept 20: Sosnowiec
Sept 20-22: Christian School of Music
Sept 26: Biala Podlaska, Poland - Ordination of Marcin Sawczuk
Oct 3: Kolobrzeg - Thanksgiving Service
See the full Poland itinerary on PCM's website.
If your church is interested in having PCM connect with your congregation in person or via Zoom, please contact David at email@example.com call him at 810-923-0226.
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
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.