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Monthly Archives: September 2014

A Letter of Gratitude (and year in review video attached)

Dear Friends,

“We thank God, making mention of thee always in [our] prayers” (Philemon 1:4).

You have blessed us over and over this last year!  Many of you have given to us in HUGE ways through your prayers and friendship, financial support, emails, and/or phone calls!  We have been encouraged!!!  We are humbled by your care for our family and ministry!

We rejoice in all the ways we have seen Him work this past year as we seek to evangelize the lost, edify believers, and equip families and churches to “war a good warfare” for the Lord Jesus Christ.

God continues to confirm the front lines He desires for us to engage and hold!

Isaiah 28:5,6 “In that day shall the LORD of hosts be…for strength to them that turn the battle to the gate.”

The Front line of Bible Authority—Proverbs 22:20-21 “Have not I written unto thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge, that I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth; that thou mightiest answer the words of truth to them to send unto thee.” 

Exalting the Scriptures, Expounding upon the truths in the Book, and Exhorting others to know the Bible. Sadly, we have a Bible Literacy problem in our own Churches.  This should not be!  Hosea 8:12 “I have written to him the great things of my law, but they were counted as a strange thing.”

The Front line of Creation vs. Evolution—Acts 17

God continues to open up speaking engagements that center on this front line!  It is so striking to hear from adults who have never been confronted with this critical teaching although they were brought up in church!

The Front line of LIFE—Proverbs 31:8 “Open thy mouth for the dumb, in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction.  Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.”

Pleading at the Abortion Mill, preaching the Gospel, standing in prayer regarding this wickedness, engaging the culture with what God says about abortion, charging the Church of Jesus Christ to “WAKE UP”, teaching other believers how to hold this crucial front, walking beside women who have chosen to carry, etc.

And just this year the Lord has highlighted another front line that He would have us engage in.

The Front line of Moral Purity—I Peter 2:11 “Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;”

A number of young people have come to us in desperation because they were losing the battle morally.  The onslaught of pornography is only increasing day by day within the church.  We stand to fight with those who are fighting through counseling, accountability, and much prayer.  We have already seen freedom come to those who desire to be obedient to Christ.  God intends for His people to be victorious.  

Thank you all for praying that we would remain faithful this year!  And thank you for watching this video and praising God with us for the many ways He has shown the victory!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZP2wIoe8a8

Kevan, Deana, Tirzah, and Edward

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September Prayer Letter

The season of Autumn is just around the corner.  There have been hints of it in the air, making us very happy!  

We want to praise the Lord for His goodness to our family during all the scheduled camps and times of ministry throughout the Summer (we met so many new friends, as well as reconnected with those we have known through the years).  

Tirzah is growing up so fast!  Her vocabulary changes every day and she truly delights us with her imagination and affection!  She turns 3 the end of November.  Edward turned 5 months old just this last week.  Wow!  He is a doll and loves to snuggle.  He is wanting to MOVE all the time…keeping his Mama on her toes.  We are so grateful for these 2 blessings and marvel at God’s gifting us with them!

 
Thank you for reading our short report below…and praying with us and for us!   

“Thou crownest [our] year with goodness.”

“Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness and for His wonderful works to the children of men.”

“[We] shall abundantly utter the memory of Thy great goodness and shall sing of Thy righteousness.”                                                                                                                 Psalm 65:11, 107:9, 145:7

We do want to “abundantly utter” all of the marvelous works God did this summer!  It is hard to believe that we are now looking BACK on all the ministry we prayed and prepared for—and we do so with great rejoicing! Thank you for being a part of each camp and individual conversation, of every time we traveled and taught,  and of the intentional task of balancing family life and public ministry…through your faithful prayers!  We saw the Lord draw young kids, teens, and adults to salvation and/or to a deeper spiritual walk. And we experienced the Lord drawing our own hearts to a greater desire to obey and please our good Shepherd.

God has opened doors for mentoring several teens and we are excited to see young people really grasp hold of the great commission and with great boldness desire to be obedient to their Savior!  We have been blessed to work with 2 separate youth groups on the front lines of LIFE and evangelism this summer and look forward with great anticipation to working alongside other youth groups who have expressed interest!  It is incredible to see these young people take courageous stands in their culture, in their family, in their School—at great cost to themselves.  We praise God “for His wonderful works to the children of men.”

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Please continue to pray for the ministry outside of the 2 remaining Abortion Mills in the KC area.  There is a GREAT need for believers to come and do their part on this front line.  A silent killing is taking place day in and day out every single week—5 days a week for 8 hours a day—slaughtering over 8,000 children in the course of one year here in our city.  Please consider the part you may play.  We want to help you in any way!