Jeannie and I just got back from a trip to Costa Rica. She was able to arrange her work schedule so she could come, and I had frequent flyer miles to pay for her ticket. We sat together with the leadership of Healthcare Christian Fellowship International working out plans to mobilize 100,000 churches for Church Health Ministries by 2020. My colleagues say that I am not the same person when Jeannie is not with me. They are right. She brightens my days and gives a bounce to my step.
On the family front the biggest news is that Tim is in the process of interviewing and candidating for a position as a worship pastor. Tim, like me, is blessed to have a wife who brightens his days and gives bounce to his step. I can testify that he is not the same person without her. They are both talented musicians whose lives are a glorious duet of praise. We have seen God’s hand on them and believe they will be a gift to any church. Pray with us that God will direct them to that place He has prepared them serve.
I will be in Korea next week consulting with potential ministry partners there. Jeannie will not be with me, so I’ll be drab and dull. I may be able to share more details about that at a later time, but this could possible open doors for ministry in both Asia and Africa.
Speaking of opening doors for ministry, can I ask you to pray with me about a very big project that will be taking up a lot of my time in the next few months? The Global CHE Network is hosting the first annual International Wholistic Missions Conference at Christ’s Church of the Valley in Peoria, Arizona. The conference will feature 70 workshops and top notch speakers aimed at mobilizing and equipping missionaries and churches for transformational ministry in their communities and around the world. For more information, visit the conference web site.
- Europe: A missionary in Hungary who is partnering with us to initiate CHE ministries among Roma Gypsies writes:
We are having to turn people away from our TOT1s in both Serbia and Hungary! The demand to take the course is great. We have people coming from Romania, Bosnia, Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia as well as Hungary (including our first Romas). We are already planning our next TOTs for early spring! (Ukraine may be next.).
- Healthcare Christian Fellowship International: We have begun the process of training medical professionals around the world to work with their church to reach out to their communities using the CHE strategy. HCFI has mapped out a clear plan. Initial training has been done in India, Singapore, the Philippines, and South Africa. Training is scheduled for South America, West Africa, and East Asia in the next 9 months.
- Arizona: Bryan Benz, a lifetime friend and support from Bethel Baptist Church in Tucson, has recently jined our staff as a Projects Manager. He will be giving oversight and direction to many of our major initiatives around the world. Bryan needs support, if God should put it on your heart to give. Click here.
- Pray for God’s direction for Tim and Vanessa.
- Pray for wisdom for leaders in Liberia seeking to launch a large CHE program there. The first TOT had to be cancelled due to weather and travel conditions.
- Pray for many in villages and slums around the world to encounter our Lord in the lives and teaching of CHE workers.
- Pray for strength and wisdom for Terry as he travels, consults, teaches, speaks, and plans for a major conference in January.
October 20-27: Consultation with Ministry Partners in Korea
November 5-7: Leading CHE Network Meeting, Louisville, KY
November 8-10: Dean of Community Health and Development, Global Missions Health Conference, Louisville, KY
November 15-18: Teaching workshops at International Conference on Missions, Indianapolis, IN
December 3-9: Training of Trainers in Hong Kong (now to be facilitated by colleagues)
January 9-11: International Wholistic Missions Conference, Phoenix, AZ