FALL MIDWEST DISTRICT REVIEW

Midwest District of MISSIONARY CHURCHES

Prayer Awakening Conference

As we juggle the daily balance of family, pastoral care, various ministry responsibilities, and day to day demands of life, prayer seems to have a tendency to find its way to the dusty corner of the room. We either become too busy or other “priorities” seem more urgent. However, over and over throughout scripture God’s people are encouraged to seek Him in prayer. We know familiar passages such as 2 Chronicles 7:14 whereby God’s people are to humble themselves, pray and seek God. Paul encourages the church in Thessalonica to pray without ceasing in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. Jesus himself gives us a model for prayer in Matthew 6:9-13. Therefore, prayer must not be neglected, but cultivated. Prayer must be the priority, not a desperate option in the wake of tragedy. A quick review of the history of Christian missions and kingdom advancement quickly reveals that prayer is always a core tenant of such efforts. It is through prayer we recognize God for who he is, our need for him, and his willingness to glorify himself. The Prayer Awakening Conferences offered by MCUSA are not a simple sales pitch or step by step process to increase your congregations prayer life. Indeed, they are much more. It is a time of worship, refreshing, and deepening of your relationship with the Lord. Having attended two of the four Prayer Awakening Conferences offered by the MCUSA, I am overwhelmingly convinced of our need to cultivate individual and corporate prayer in our district and churches. It is my prayer, you will prayerfully consider attending next year.


The 2021 Prayer Awakening Conference was held September 20-21. While the conference was held in person at Saint Mark’s Missionary Church in Mishawaka, IN, the New Life Missionary Church in Bedford, IA was a host site for streaming of the conference. The conference speaker was Dennis Fuqua. Dennis is the Director of International Renewal Ministries. Over the course of five sessions Dennis shared his passion for prayer with conference attendees. Videos of the sessions as well as study guides can be found here. Plans are already under way for the 2022 Prayer Awakening Conference on September 19-20, 2022. I would highly encourage you and your churches to make plans to attend either in person or virtually.

Pastors and Wives' Retreat 2021

A group of 13 pastors and wives from the Midwest District met for their annual retreat on September 23-25 in Omaha, Nebraska. They enjoyed a great time of sharing from God’s Word, fellowship with one another, and relaxation as couples. Pastor Dan Quinlin and District Superintendent Andy Petro led the morning devotional times with an emphasis on mutual encouragement from the Word and the privilege we have in entering into God’s presence.

In addition to the time spent in the Word and in prayer, the pastors and wives enjoyed fellowship together over good food and through outings that included the group demonstrating their (non?!)expertise at bowling and finding their way out of escape rooms—well, at least the wives escaped! On Friday evening the group headed to Weeping Water to cheer the high-school football team on to victory, followed by dessert at a local ice cream store.

As is our tradition, the retreat ended with a sweet time of communion. All who attended went away blessed, refreshed, and grateful to those who had a hand in planning such a great retreat!

Here to There Movement-Will & Tara McCord

The last few months have been busy! Will and our friend Trey continue to meet regularly with a local Imam and Hafiz for Bible studies. The men are growing in understanding that the Quran and Bible are actually quite different and only one can be the truth. Thankfully, Will has been able to get more relationally involved in the Imam's life, who has recognized that God answered some of Will and Trey's specific prayers for him. Lastly, the guys have been able to start opening their Bible study time with prayer which gets even more Truth out there! We are also praising God for what He is doing in our friend Jasmine's life. She has been quite hostile toward Christians in the past but God has softened her heart toward us. She trusts us enough to allow her daughter, Sumaya, to come to our home after school whenever her parents and relatives are still at work and she spends a lot of time with us at the playground. Recently, Jasmine has needed rides to work and those times have been precious. She has opened up about her personal life and severe back pain she has been facing for around 12 years. We were able to bless their family with some milk and when I (Tara) dropped it off, Jasmine insisted I come inside. She declared that we are family and not guests, had me sit at the table to join her for a meal and allowed me to pray aloud for her family and the meal before we ate. This is huge!


Amar and Amina are new friends of ours that were entrusted to us by our friends who recently moved for other ministry opportunities. Amar (the husband) has a history of persecution because of his willingness to speak out against the wrongdoing of some powerful Muslim leaders. They are Muslim themselves but he recognizes the good and evil within their religion. They are quite open but have a long way to go in understanding the gospel and what it means to follow Christ. We have been so blessed to grow in love and relationship with this family! Through a prayer walk with a friend, our family has just recently been connected to two Indian families. One family is Hindu and the other Sikh. Lastly, the men in Cote d'Ivoire that we lived among and Will continues to coach just baptized 38 new disciples! We are so blessed to be able to share the truth of God's Word and the good news of Jesus to people from all different faiths and regions!


How to support the McCord's in their ministry.

Prayer:

-To find the people God has chosen and called as leaders among their people.

-For the Holy Spirit to prepare hearts to receive the Truth and gospel of Jesus and to convict of sin, righteous and judgement

-For disciples to be made and to begin sharing with others.

-More laborers!


Financial:

Gifts are tax deductible


Visit htmovement.com

Scroll to the bottom of the home page, type in amount, select McCord from drop list and select frequency.


Checks can be made out to HBM. Write Will McCord in memo or it will be given to the general fund. Send to


HBM

P.O. Box 317

Greenwood, VA 22943

Welcome Stephen Grant

Stephen Grant is the new associate pastor at Northeast Missionary Church in Lincoln, NE. Stephen is from Indianola, IA. His dad pastors Thrive Church there. He graduated from Central Christian College of the Bible in Moberly, MO in and is currently working on a Master of Arts in Practical Theology. In July of 2011, Stephen realized God’s calling in his life to do ministry while he was at church camp. Stephen will be helping NEMC with youth ministries. We are excited to see how God is going to use Stephen in Lincoln!

Timber Lakes Update

Thank you all for your prayers and support during this camp season!

We praise the Lord for the work He is doing through you and through Timber Lakes.

Here are some dates you may want to mark on your calendar:

WORK DAYS

November 18 - 21

December 2 - 5

CRAFT FAIR and FUNDRAISER

December 11

Contact us if you would like to donate items or would like to help in any way!

If you are interested, call or email Titus at

785-224-5258 or timberlakescamp.retreat@gmail.com

Thanks!

UPCOMING EVENTS

2021 MWD Pastors Prayer Retreat

All Pastors serving in the MWD are invited to Timber Lakes on November 28 – December 1 for a time of personal retreat and times of fellowship with other Pastors.

It is always beneficial for the people of God to take protracted times away to be attentive and responsive to the Lord. It is imperative that the leaders of the church do so.

Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know. Jeremiah 33:3

For more information please contact Brian Bontrager at 712-303-7879.