Update from Cal & Jessie Stuebner, Nicaragua

  • Please pray for Rebeca, Gustavo’s mother. Her cancer is getting worse, and the doctors haven’t discussed the option of chemo yet.
  • Pray for the school; we are rejoicing with the 40 students we have in grades K-3, and we are pleased with how the children are being ministered to this year – better than ever, but we had hoped for more students and are concerned about finances. Two of our teachers are new, and we are hoping they will grow in their ability to teach as ministers (not just academic teachers).
  • Please pray for a team of students coming from Jessie’s school to work with our barrio school on some maintenance projects and fun workshops for the kids this Thursday.
  • We are praising God that our comedor building will be back into daily use as another nearby missionary (Lincoln) will be using it for his children’s ministry, with adult meetings on Thursday nights. Please pray that this ministry will be blessed.
  • We are also praising God that Carolina (Marvin’s daughter, and one of our worship leaders) found a new piano teacher. Please pray that the teacher will continue faithfully, that Carolina’s skills will grow quickly, and that it will all be used to glorify God.
  • Please always continue to pray for me and Jessie’s health and marriage to stay strong.

With love in Christ,
Cal and Jessie Stuebner

Update from the Bolingers

Dan Bolinger

Sun, Feb 10, 11:10 PM (3 days ago)
to Dan, bcc: me

Staring out my bedroom window is a graveyard. Many of the graves are over 500 years old. A man catches my eye as he is busy at the wash basin. He fills a provided bucket with water and grabs a wooden ladle. He readies his incense sticks and checks for a lighter in his pocket. It’s very cold outside and he hurries to the graves. His family is one of the bigger ones. He sets the bucket and ladle down and puts the incense in his back pocket. Then the 70 or 80 year old bows with a great meaningful long bow. He bows to the middle for 30 seconds and then to the left for 30 and then to the right for 30. He then grabs the bucket and proceeds to wash the tomb stones of over 17 family members. There is a Buddhist idol in the mix. He then readies the incense and like a pack of sparklers they are ignited with the lighter from his pocket. Placing one stick per headstone there is soon a cloud of remembrance rising from the cold dead grave. He tidies up and stands back, bows to the family and then turns to the idol and with hands clapped together he again bows and mumbles inaudibly. I assume its a prayer. He then stands back and stares at the family that was once alive. What is he thinking? Does he really believe they can see and hear his works? Is he concerned that he’ll be joining them soon? Does he really wonder about eternal life? Most people don’t care. That’s right. Idolatry is cultural is familial. It’s what you do. There is no deep thought into the purpose it is just ritual. It clears the conscious mind from guilt and neglect of family. It is funny as I personally witness that many people care more for the dead than they do for the living. I have talked to many folks about these issues and it’s the same for most families. We need to pray for the Japanese and Americans and we need to warn them that idolatry is dangerous. It takes the place of God whom we should be worshiping. As in Adultery a lover replaces ones spouse so too in idolatry an inanimate object replaces God for intimacy. Oh may we never do that.

Pray for the Holy Spirit to work in the hearts and lives of the Japanese people convicting them of sin and pray for the church to have a revival by getting their eyes on Christ. Pray for Pastor Jonathan Wilson, skiing accident had him visit the hospital to reset his shoulder and then send him home. He is pretty banged up. I haven’t seen him or talked to him but just from Facebook have received third hand info. Pray for me Dan to get refocused. With Mihoko being in the states for the last 3 weeks has had me running around and getting out of sync with my normal routine. It’s good but I really need to get my head back in the routine. God bless and thank you for praying.

Update from the Pattens in Israel

We are so thankful for your prayers as we are experiencing such support from the Lord. Marta and I began the year in California and we attended the beginning of a conference for those serving overseas. The next day I flew overseas to serve in Israel with a group of 28 people from GAiN USA and with people from Helping Hand Coalition and leaders of groups of Holocaust survivors. There was a huge distribution of 150 wheelchairs, 321 walkers, and 575 canes. In the first week of distribution we also had two eyeglass clinics operating in the meeting places for two local congregations in Haifa, each location helped up to 130 people a day to receive eyeglasses, so about 1,200 people received eyeglasses during first week of combined distribution with the wheelchairs and other items. It was great to distribute in the congregational facilities of two local groups of messianic believers because we could pray for those coming for assistance and we come provide books with the message of faith in Jesus. We handed out over 1000 books in the first week. During that time I was super busy, I was helping the leaders in making decisions and also making 1 to 3 outbound trips a day to deliver wheelchairs and walkers and canes to groups that could not travel to our locations in Haifa. We all were so thankful for the prayers that were offered on our behalf, we had about 45 people serving in the larger facility and 12 people serving in the smaller facility and we did not have any huge problems, when we had small challenges, the Lord gave us wisdom to overcome. This year Helping Hand Coalition organized buses bringing Holocaust survivors from about 7 cities to Haifa and I drove a minivan and trailer to many other cities with the goal of assisting as many people as possible. Because there was so much activity many other leaders from surrounding cities were calling me with requests for mobility items or eyeglasses. I can say it was one of the busiest weeks I have had in serving others. There were rewarding moments such as people asking, "What do I need to pay for these items", I would say, only a smile, and their faces would light up in beautiful smiles. Many of the people receiving wheelchairs would have tears in their eyes as the physical therapist from the U.S. and the interpreter would pray for them as they were fitting them in the wheelchair. Both of the local congregations had thankful hearts to be able to serve with us and to see God touch the lives of His people. The GAiN USA team is such an example, they had just served for a full week in the city of Jericho distributing a full shipping container of mobility items and eyeglasses in a clinic for those that speak Arabic, then with only on day to travel to Haifa and get situated in a hotel they immediately started the distribution an additional shipping container among the Jewish population that speak Russian and Hebrew.
Many of the GAiN team members became sick with colds because of interacting with so many people in the cold winter season, however they kept serving as trusting the Lord for His strength.
Two of the team members stayed an extra 6 weeks to do additional eyeglasses clinics. Donna, who is 76, and Bruce who is 71, are also great examples. They are here to help others with the hope that through the practical help they give people will draw close to the Lord. In the last 3 weeks we have traveled and done 18 eyeglass clinics and helped over 800 people to receive eyeglasses. Marta and our friend Vee flew into Israel on January 28th and they started serving on the next day. Marta is helping to translate and she and Vee are also assisting in the clinics and praying for people. We also are distributing 350 handmade quilts that were gathered and shipped to Israel by Israel Food Outreach. They are beautiful, many are made by women at the Sewing Klatch of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, others are made from groups of believers in the U.S. They pray for the people who are receiving the quilts, we are giving out books with testimonies to those receiving quilts and eyeglasses, in the last few weeks of eyeglasses clinics we have given out over 1,000 books. One elderly lady received eyeglasses and went outside and was watching people walk by, when we walked out she said, "I can see peoples’ faces praise the Lord!" We asked her if she was a believer and she said yes and we prayed for her. Marta had the opportunity to share with a man named Rudolf and she prayed for him as well, he had a friend who was a believer and who had just died and Rudolf was considering a relationship with the Lord.
Obviously in a relatively short update we can not share all of the blessing of the last weeks of ministry but we want to say thank you for praying for us and for those that help us in additional ways, thank you, we are honored to serve the Lord and to serve others.

This week please pray as we are traveling to Nazareth to give quilts and eyeglasses to ghetto survivors, then for the first time we are going to Hebron and to Bethlehem to distribute eyeglasses among those that speak Arabic, the majority are Muslims. Marta and Vee return to California on Saturday the 16. I will continue to serve with Bruce and Donna in Israel. On February 22 I am traveling to Nigeria to serve with Pastor Kefas (we helped him start a Calvary Chapel in Lagos in 2009) Kefas and I will also travel to Abuja to teach and serve with Pastor Prince Lawrence as we have a leadership conference there.
Pray for my safety and for protection from Malaria and others sicknesses and dangers there.
I will be in Nigeria until March 12th, then I fly back to California. We are still praying for Jamie to become stronger, we are also praying for the Lord to direct us in His will.
We are grateful to the Lord for His goodness and provision, we received a large offering the month of January and though we do not know who helps us financially, the Lord does and He is faithful to reward and bless those that honor Him. Hebrews 6:10-12
With thankful hearts,
Don and Marta

Prayer Requests & Praise Reports from CC Midigo, Uganda

Hope this finds you well. We continue thanking the Lord for the many things that He is doing in the ministry field. We praise the Lord for the following:

1. Fruitful Calvary Chapel Association East Africa Pastors and Leaders conference which was attended by 280 participants

2. Our children from Midigo Calvary Nursery and Primary School passed their final examinations very well. Our school performed the best in the entire district of Yumbe. This is a testimony in the majority Muslim community to understand that we serve the God of excellency!

3. Successful completion of a one year training from the school of ministry for our two leaders (Bernard and Francis) who are now back to Midigo to share the gospel with the community and serve in the church

4. Posting of a Christian doctor by the government to Midigo hospital will create a great impact when our Christian doctor (Doctor Denis) serves along with such like-minded colleague to not only do surgery but also share the gospel with the patients and mothers

5. We got a new head teacher who will work with the Church leadership and teachers to promote the teaching of God’s word to the pupils and improve the academic standard of our school

Please stand with us by praying for the following:

1. Continued opportunities of sharing the gospel in all areas of our service which include the door-to-door evangelism, Medical care services, School, Promise Children (Orphans and Vulnerable kids) and their families, Refugee Camp.

2. God to use the Bible listening groups to touch lives. We have trained about 500 Listening groups and along with Faith Comes by hearing program, we have distributed Proclaimers to these groups. Majority of these groups are from the Refugee Camp

3. God’s provision for the needs of the Children’s church building. The Children church shares the building with the school which is becoming difficult of maintaining an ideal Sunday study environment and the increasing number of the children church attendance.

4. Fruitful weekly online men’s bible study with CCSJC men through the book of Daniel. It is my desire that all men grow in the word to influence their families and the communities for godliness.

5. My daughter Esther to be given a Science study combination at the Advanced level of Education (College). She desires to be a doctor and will begin her Advanced level course on 3rd March 2019

6. God’s provision for the general needs of the Church and her outreach ministries.

Special Update from the Bolinger Family

Hello everyone,

22 years ago the brightest light came into my world, (next to Jesus Christ)… My first born son Caleb Joshua. We had 3 and 1/2 years with him full of Joy. It was revealed he had a heart disease and after treatment and two months of waiting for a heart transplant he went to be with the Lord. Our memories are funny things that can pop up and in some cases, overwhelm us.

Today, the 31st of January, is his birthday and my heart has been heavy with the "What if’s". It is part of the healing. There is joy in the fantasizing over how wonderful life would have been. I am not short changed, I am richer and more alive and excited about heaven than ever before in my life. Jesus is coming soon and I can’t wait for the massive reunion to take place.

Pray for God’s Holy Spirit to bless those who are hurting because of the loss of a loved one. I am not hurting. I am longing. Longing to touch that ruddy hair, listen to the sound of his voice, and hug his heavenly body that is perfect. Praise be to Jesus Christ who has given us an eternal hope that is secure in the heavenly places. The Buddhists fret with too many unknowns and ritual. We have the assurance of a Savior that is alive and gearing up for biggest rescue mission in the whole universe. Are you ready to ascend. Let’s descend on our knees and ask the Lord of the harvest "how much longer oh Lord?"

The Bolingers

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