“BROTHERS, PRAY FOR US!” — 1 Thessalonians 5:25
Prayer Points for the Rees Family • Bundibugyo, Uganda • World Harvest Mission
cultivating leadership … planting churches … growing disciples … harvesting glory to Christ
1 May 2013 — God’s power is not in question. Seven times in eight verses Paul uses six different terms for “power” in his beautiful and bold prayer for the church in Ephesians 3:14-21—strength, power, capable, able, do and work. Power is not in question; comprehension is. Paul prays that all of God’s power would be applied—not toward his discomfort in prison, not toward his confusion about the future, but—to the church at large so that they might supernaturally comprehend the sublime love of Christ which in turn leads us to ever increased belief in God’s ability and an ever fervent passion for God’s glory. Whatever else this road to Uganda does, may it do that: plant the comprehension of Christ’s love so deep within us that it will be incomplete unless through us this love returns back to God’s glory in praise.
• Standing in Prayer: A Prayer Event — The extended, intensified time of prayer has been going well; very well indeed for our own hearts subjectively (we are encouraged) and for the ministry objectively (we have gained 5%, which is 1% each week since the Prayer Event started). With 18 more days to go until our finale on Pentecost Sunday, we continue to pray, ask for prayer, receive prayer requests, and then pray some more.
• House — It is no coincidence that, since praying (after 6 months of no activity), our house is now “under contract.” We cannot communicate well enough how much of a relief this is—hallelujah! Barring any complications, we close and move out on May 31, the day of my final paycheck! The kids and I will relocate to free housing near Asheville, NC while Shellie remains in northwest Arkansas for the 10 weeks remaining at nursing school. Please pray that we can find a room for Shellie near the college that is reasonably priced, clean, safe and has an Internet signal so she can study, study, study. Please pray also for the remaining 6/7 of the Rees tribe to find a groove in NC—without “Momma” it is going to be difficult, but God is able.
• Summer — We continue to pray that this summer will be the watershed season for Support Team development. Think of and pray toward the “8s”—80 new partners at $80 per month so that we can reach the 80% level by the 8th month (August). Of course we need 100% to get the clearance to move to Uganda this fall, but August is the deadline for enrolling in our last burst of required cross-cultural and linguistics training starting September 16 (lasting 6 weeks).
We believe God is able to bring us from 35% to 80% this summer and His primary method of advancing His purposes is the people of God (Ephesians 3:21). What role is Christ “nudging” you to fill? I will be traveling (with the children) extensively this summer—so schedule now for a Sunday sermon, a weekend of sermons, a Sunday school lesson, a challenge to your small group, a retreat, a conference, a cup of coffee shop or a living room chat. But don’t think that you need a face-to-face meeting to join us as we join Christ as He continues to build His church (Matthew 16:18)—just call us, give online, request information and/or share our exciting plans for life and ministry with your church leadership and missions committee.
Together with you—Kevin, Shellie, Seth, Emma, Abby, Nate and Jocelyn Rees