A Word From Steve Jones
december 9th, 2019
Dear Prayer Partners,
Please find attached, my most recent prayer newsletter.
Thank you again for your support and encouragement.
Have a blessed Easter Weekend!
Steven Jones National President
The Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches in Canada
(519) 821-4830 ~ fax (519) 821-9829 ~ www.fellowship.ca
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Dear Pastors, Missionaries, Chaplains and friends,
Steve here…Easter is approaching. In my opinion it is the most significant time of the year to share Christ. Although there is a lot of indifference to faith issues in our society, at the same time there seems to be a lot of interest in spiritual things. Easter is one of the best times of the year to scratch where many in your community are itching.
I remember reading several years back that the miniseries, “Jesus” was the first TV show to top the ratings over the hit “Who wants to be a millionaire.” I watched that miniseries. Later, that same evening on “Larry King Live”, he had guest Deepak Chopra promoting his new book “How to Know God.” Larry announced tomorrow’s guest as Billy Graham’s daughter, Anne Graham-Lotz, promoting her book, “Just Give Me Jesus.” At the same time nine of the ten top grossing Hollywood films at the time all had spiritual overtones or supernatural themes (often evil spiritual themes). Some have said North America is experiencing a spiritual revival, however, this is the first time the Church has not been leading it.
There is no lack of spiritual hunger or thirst. People by nature are continuing to seek at least three things in an attempt to satisfy their spiritual cravings:
We are all looking for transcendence—that marvelous sense of wanting to know God, the mystical, the reverence, the divine. We wish to solve the dilemma of the God-shaped vacuum in our heart that only God can fill and satisfy. Jesus’ core message appeals to the transcendent. Mark 1:15(NLT) states, “The kingdom of God is near! Turn from your sins and believe this good news!” Jesus assures us we can know God. He made sure of that at the Cross. In the movie “Forest Gump”, Forest is watching a Bob Hope Christmas special on television with his commanding army officer. Lt. Dan asks Forest, “Have you found Jesus yet, Gump?” Forest is a simple man who answers, “I didn’t know I was supposed to be looking for him, sir.” People are looking but will they find it in Jesus? Tell them. Show them this Easter.
Everyone needs a purpose for living—to have a reason to get out of bed each morning. Jesus addresses this in Mark 1:17 (NLT) saying: “Come, be my disciples and I will show you how to fish for people!” A pastor was on a plane talking to his seat-mate, a CEO of a Fortune 500 Corporation. He was a poster-child for the American dream. The pastor shared that his life’s work was to passionately share the love of Christ and connect people to Jesus and their incredible potential in Him. The CEO’s response was, “I would give anything to do something so meaningful!”
Lastly, everyone needs someone. We need to be connected into meaningful relationships. The Church offers this to a world yearning authenticity. Even Jesus needed a small group of twelve.
The Trinity represents these three needs:
1. The Father calls us to know Him which satisfies our need for transcendence.
2. The Son’s commission offers us significance.
3. The Holy Spirit’s comfort draws us into community.
We can offer all of this. The very yearnings, deep in the hearts of the dear people in our cities, towns and neighbourhoods can be satisfied this Easter. Let’s all ask the Lord for one individual with which to share these truths this next week. That’s a dangerous prayer. One God loves to answer.
Have a blessed week,
Dear Pastors, Missionaries, Chaplains and friends,
Steve here…Easter is almost here—the Mount Everest of the Christian calendar. But, does the rest of our world take notice?
I heard of a pastor who was sitting in a Chapters store reading and enjoying a coffee. Nearby were six university students hotly debating the question, “What was the Skippers name on the 1960s TV sitcom, ‘Gilligan’s Island’. The pastor listened and finally leaned over and said, “I know what his name was.” They stared intently, waiting for an answer. Here was the occasion where this pastor might gain some value in their eyes and justify all the wasted time spent watching this mindless comedy. He said, “The actor’s name was Alan Hale and the character he played as Skipper did have a name which was shared in the pilot and two other episodes. His name was Jonas Gumby.” He smiled knowing he had impressed them. These six wide-eyed students responded in unison, saying, “You must be really old!”
The pastor went over and sat with the students and asked about their lives. By midnight, he had discovered that not one of them could identify the historical significance of Easter. Only two knew the real meaning of Christmas and the others wondered why anyone would celebrate the birth and death of a “mythical” Jewish carpenter. They continued the conversation until 2 am and exchanged emails.
As he parted with his new friends, he kept thinking, “Who is going to reach these people. What voice will they listen to? Their reality didn’t even include the possibility that Christ and His Church might have relevance to their lives. Who is going to speak to them?”
I also heard the story of Pastor Ted who ministered in Pandora, Ohio—a small village of 900 people living among corn fields. Twenty-five years before, this Mennonite Church had 50 people attending. Not bad for a village of 900—almost 5% of the village attended the church, but not enough to afford a full-time pastor. Pastor Ted was called to this small church after coming home from a four year mission term in Holland. In twenty years the church grew to 700 members. The local school board contacts Ted each year to check on the church calendar so they won’t be in conflict with their school activities. That, my friends, is influence.
Someone asked Pastor Ted, “What’s your secret to this kind of influence in your community?” He told them he had trained in seminary to be a missionary. All his course-load had been missions. He had arrived in Pandora not knowing how to be a pastor, but he knew how to be a missionary and sought to remove cultural barriers to the gospel. He said, “Pastors need to stop thinking like pastors and think and act like missionaries.”
Canada is a pagan nation. Most are clueless about why Christians are celebrating the weekend of March 31st. Let’s think and act like cross cultural ambassadors. Let’s pray together for many to experience the saving grace of Jesus this Easter.
Have a blessed week.
Well we said our goodbyes which was hard to leave them behind. We had a great day in the city but it reminds me how blessed we are to be Canadians. To feel safe when you walk down the street. We have such higher standards of everything. However it's only by birth we are no more deserving of our fortune which is why I feel compelled to sharethejourney with these dear folks.
Please pray for safe travels and Melissa not to be in pain as her wisdom teeth come in. Thanks for the prayers. - Buck
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It is finished.
The roof is done.
Both rooms are tiled.
Solar lights are up.
No major injuries a few minor cuts and bruises a lot of sore muscles but it feels good.
The kids are so warm it's a blessing just to be here.Tomorrow we hope to get to the village to see the place and get a true sense of the place.
Please continue to pray for safety and protection. Thanks for the prayers we feel God performing miracles daily
Security Lights Installed...
Roof is 95 percent complete just need to put the cap on. Got one bedroom tiled. It rained today making the roof work very challenging - a few slips and falls but nothing broken. Eugene drove it on the tile and got one room done . Its cooled down a lot sweater weather.
The Melissa and Jessie are having a great time with the kids. Really enjoying the experience. The kids love them.
I have a dog barking at me I think he wants to eat me. Hope I survive.
Melissa's teeth never bothered her today I gave her ibuprofen but she never needed it.
I am so glad the roof is near done its a big roof and a big job. Thank you God for getting us here and through. - Buck
Looks like Sweets was a Big Hit!
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Chris and Buck!
I think this could be the start of a new "Manny" video?! Hope so! Right guys?!
Yeah day 4 and we got down to buisness. Got half the roof stripped and 1/6th of the new roof on. Thank heavens for Eugene - he is the building leader and doing a great job. Everyone is working hard. It was sooooooo hot I think I melted. We are all exhausted but feel good all the same. We still have some issues with tools - no rechargeable drills but we are gettin er done. The girls are learning Spanish and applying it and having a great time with the kids. The kids are respectful and give them space so they are not mobbed. I would like to sponsor them all they are all so innocent and sweet. I think there are 10 more that need sponsors. I pray they will all find someone who will care for them.
We miss you all and thank you for your prayers and support.
I gotta go take some ibruprophen. I aint as young as I once was but I am still good once as I ever was. Lord give us strength and let us be a blessing to all we meet.
In Jesus name, From Honduras.
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Received these photos from Melodie on Facebook.
The roof work begins!
Looks hot guys! I think I see sweat !