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Sermon – 06_28_09

June 28th, 2009 — 7:48pm

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Sermon – 06_21_09

June 21st, 2009 — 4:15pm

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Sermon – 06_14_09

June 21st, 2009 — 3:31pm

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June 19th, 2009 — 2:24pm

This week has been a little bit different from most of the volunteers and staff.  Rich and Becky and their family went on vacation for the week so we had to manage on our own.  It is amazing how much their family does for this ministry!  I think we were all reminded of that during the many times we had to postpone  a project or question because we needed Rich’s guidance.  You can pray that their vacation will be a source of refreshment to them (and not too much stress for us :).

Despite the absences, this week has being going smoothly.  The guys (and a couple of us girls) have been busy doing construction work.  There is a lot to do!  I don’t know if I mentioned this before, but a group came in just two weeks ago and put a new roof on/ repaired the roof.  What a blessing!  The Agora volunteers and staff have been busy tearing up concrete, taking out walls, ripping tile up, putting in insulation, and much more.  It is wonderful to see all the progress.  It is also exciting to imagine 70 or 80 kids running around the rooms that we are remodeling.  We know that Little Gems Early Learning and Childcare will be a healthy, safe, and Godly environment for so many kids who have nothing.  Please keep this project in your prayers.  God has laid this vision on Agora’s heart and we ask that you join us in prayer for success and continued support.

Summers at Agora are so busy.  This summer is shaping up to be no different.  When I think of all that goes on here I am continually amazed that we are able to keep all the aspects of the ministry afloat.  God is definitely at work here because alone we would be unable to do the work required.  The need is so great and we are just a handful of people.  I often feel like the disciples who asked how anyone can be saved and Jesus answered, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” With God all things are truly possible.  When we desire to walk in his ways and when we actively pursue his right ways, God can do more through us than we thought possible.  We can rejoice because we serve a mighty God!  Depending on God and aligning my will with his has been the greatest lesson that I have learned throughout my time in ministry… and I am still learning it!

Take the time to consider how Mary responded to God’s call.  These are her words after finding out she was to give birth to the Messiah.

Luke 1:38 (New International Version)

“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her.

Each time I read this I am challenged by Mary’s pure devotion to God, I wish I was more like her.  She did not question she did not fear;  she simply trusted in God’s good will for her life.  That knowledge was enough for her.  I pray for this spirit of sincerity and faith in all of us.  Depend on God!

Philippians 4:13 (New International Version)

I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”

Prayer Requests

  • Saturday night church tomorrow
  • Continued support for the daycare project
  • Safety on the job site

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A Quick Update

June 10th, 2009 — 2:41pm

First of all, the updates. Little Gems is coming right along, you really should drop by and see the progress sometime.  The construction is being done by our full-time guys.  They take teenagers and young adults on the job site with them.  The job training program is designed to teach skills and instill a work ethic that will help our kids get jobs later in life.  It is really neat to see a group of young people from this community hard at work building things with their hands.  The young people really enjoy seeing the fruits of their labors too.  They get opportunities and gain a sense of satisfaction that they have never had before!

Church over the weekend was good.  We had a small group on Saturday night.  For some reason there were less kids than normal, which was disappointing, but it meant that we got to spend more one on one time with the kids that were there.  Saturday night we were also blessed to have some visitors with us.  A long-time supporter of Agora came for the night and brought her family along.  They spent the night with us and joined us on Sunday too.  It was so nice to see them again!  What a blessing it is to get to spend time with our Agora family members!

These next two weeks will be interesting.  Pastor Rich and his family are going on vacation so the rest of us volunteers and staff members will be “holding down the fort.”  Please pray that there are no major crises and that we are able to handle any problems so that the Bartholomew family can have a peaceful vacation.

As always, thank you for your prayers!  We SO appreciate all the thoughts!  Keep in touch!

Prayer Requests

  • Volunteers and staff (especially the new volunteers who will be arriving at the end of this month)
  • Continued blessing and progress on Little Gems Early Learning and Childcare Center
  • Parents of all our kids

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Sermon – 06_07_09

June 7th, 2009 — 2:53pm

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June 5th, 2009 — 1:23pm

Sorry it has been so long since the last update.  The school year is finishing up and everything is getting really busy around here!  What else is new?

There have been a lot of changes made to Agora since the last update.  A large part of our building is mostly rubble… Don’t let that worry you though, it was intentional.  We started work on Little Gems Early Learning and Childcare Center!  A group of college students came last Saturday and began demolition on the part of our building that  will be renovated into a child care center.  Needless to say, the last week here has been very exciting!  Little Gems has been part of Agora’s vision for many years and it is wonderful to see it taking place.  Please keep all these new developments in your prayers.  While it is exciting, there is still a lot of work to be done!

A change that was not so exciting was the departure of one of our full-time German volunteers.  Sadly, Ellie’s term ended this week and she traveled home.  Ellie played a huge role here at Agora, she drove the vans (a huge job), worked in the kitchen, cleaned, and loved all the Agora children… We really miss her!

Church this past Wednesday night was really great.  The kids have been extremely active (which is a nice way of putting it)!  It can be pretty crazy sometimes , but that just makes it more fun!  We have lots of laughs later on when we talk about all the crazy things the kids think of during church.  What a blessing!  We hope you can come share it with us sometime.

Prayer Requests

  • Continued progress and support for Little Gems Early Learning and Childcare Center
  • Financial support for Agora Ministries
  • Parents of Agora children
  • Safety throughout the summer season as violence and crime increases

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