February Prayer Update
introducing philip lewis bryan
We rejoice at the gift of Philip Lewis Bryan, born on the morning of January 27th, weighing 9#, 5 oz! Thanks for your prayers! We fell in love instantly! (Actually, we already loved him, of course! But there is something about laying your eyes on your sweet darling for the very first time!) Tirzah and Edward are enjoying their new sibling! But Edward doesn’t understand why his brother won’t play with him right now—after all that is what I’ve been telling him since the day we found out we were having a boy—“you guys will have so much fun together”! Children are a blessing from the Lord! This week has found our family sharing the lovely flu bug that turns into a rotten head cold! We are holding our children more as we take this illness as an excuse to rest as much as we possibly can! We are grateful for God’s healing hand!
the wreck of the century
“It was a dark and stormy nigh—”…uh, morning! Kevan was behind the wheel of his Buick at 6:30 am—light rain was falling as he drove the ever-winding narrow Highway 5 to work. A road he had driven many times before. When all of a sudden, as he rounded one sharp turn, a suburban from the oncoming traffic crossed the middle line and rammed into the front of his Century. He had only several seconds to prepare the best he could—and we praise the Lord for His mighty hand of protection! Although both vehicles were totaled, God was gracious and spared the lives of both drivers! The end of this story could have been/should have been so different! We have commented many times since that day that if this wreck had caused serious injury or death, God’s hand would still have been “mighty to save!” We still would have had reason to praise the Lord, bless His Holy name, and rejoice in His goodness. Our perspective was altered quite drastically that morning, and not a “goodbye” goes by without a thought toward this incident! We are grateful that through the insurance money, God has provided for us in regards to medical/chiropractic bills and in the purchasing of a “new to us” car! Kevan just drove our new car home last night. “The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth and even forevermore” (Psalm 1:21).
the genesis academy
This month Kevan has had the great privilege to sit under the teaching of a panel of some astute Creation Scientists who desire to pass on their knowledge to the next generation of Creation Defenders—they call the 7 week course “The Joshua Project”! These classes cover the first 11 chapters of Genesis, and has included 3+ hours of homework each week. It is significant that these specific chapters not only are the foundation of the word of God and the doctrines of our faith, but are also the basis for understanding the laws of science. What a blessing it has been for Kevan to spend time with these men of science who love and honor the word of God!
harassment at the gated of death
“The Kings of the earth stood up and…were gathered against the Lord and against His Christ…And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto Thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak Thy word” (Acts 4).
A couple Saturdays ago, the police were called during ministry outside of Planned Parenthood. The initial complaint was disorderly conduct, which they defined as “saying anything that could be potentially offensive”; a complete infringing on our rights under the constitution’s first amendment. We were instructed to not use words like “murder,” say anything to those going in that could be offensive, or carry signs that could be offensive. Devices for amplification were made to be put away—and we were told that there could be no preaching at all. We were also informed that citations (fines of $500) would be given to those who would violate these demands (in words, signs, actions, etc.) the weeks following. After “this law” was laid down, the police officers parked right across the street and watched every move! This incident greatly disturbed us and we immediately went to our knees!
Many began to engage in prayer with us and Kevan contacted several lawyers! Within 2 days we saw the Lord answer in a mighty way. We received word from both the Assistant City Attorney of Overland Park and a Police Chief—not only was the law on our side, the police officer that spoke that day was out of line! We know there are many in America who would seek to stop the mouths of those who preach the gospel and stand up against the great evil (but lucrative) practice of child sacrifice. Sadly, this specific officer is one of them! She has made herself an activist for the side of “death”, even to the degree that would put her own job on the line. And please pray that liberty and justice would be preserved in Overland Park so that law enforcement would not be able to do that which is right in their own eyes!
The law may turn against the people of God someday soon in our Country. What a shame it will be when the church wakes up to realize what was not done for Christ and those babies being slaughtered in our city while it was legal to stand and plead for the unborn and preach Christ to all who enter Planned Parenthood! We are able to legally and openly seek to rescue the innocent being murdered on our watch, unlike those who secretly worked to hide the Jewish people during Hitler’s holocaust. Let us hold this freedom with courage and strength—seeking on every turn to rescue the perishing and care for the dying!
educating and activating
We are so grateful for the churches that faithfully pray for the Lord of the Harvest to send forth laborers into the harvest of the Abortuaries in our city—and we are moved to report that the last few weeks have shown 20-30 Christians at a time standing on the weekends from at least 6-7 churches in our area! But there are SO MANY MORE churches—including those smack dab in Overland Park—that need to be engaged in this critical front line. Babies are being murdered every day—there needs to be an outcry for the practice of child sacrifice to be completely abolished in our city (not just accepted as the norm!). We have made ourselves available to come and share about this great need to ANY church, youth group, Sunday School class, or bible study that would have us! Kevan also has several excellent messages to share from the pulpit regarding LIFE! We know that the churches who would request this would already be firmly “pro-life”. We are not seeking to preach to the choir, of even educate on a subject that might already be known—but to speak in a way that would activate the believers in Kansas City to stand against this great evil in a way they have yet done. Our goal is not to promote our ministry but simply to equip God’s people to do what Christians should do when the innocent are killed in their midst! “Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction” (Prov 31:8). “Brake the jaws of the wicked, and plucked the spoil out of his teeth” (Job 29:17).
Kevan will be leaving for an intense conference in Oklahoma the last weekend of February! He will be sitting under some powerful preaching/exhortation from men who also desire to see the evil of abortion ABOLISHED in our nation. And as they “go to the streets” with open air preaching and ministry in the public sector, he looks forward to gleaning from those who also engage the front lines of life all across America! Would you please pray that God would encourage and strengthen Kevan during this time away? And please pray for good success in their mission. Due to our new baby, the rest of the family will be staying home!