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They’re Baaaaack!

The Nica Team arrived home late last night.  (Actually, really early this morning!)  Everyone is tired (but well) and still excited about all God did on the trip.

More to come on the details of the ministries that occurred, but for now, we are enjoying having Daddy home!  (Well, technically, he is at the office this minute, but we had some time this morning!)

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New hammock from Nica!  We LOVE Payson nights on the hammock.

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Rachel made daddy a special “Welcome Home” dessert…

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Cherry cobbler with “Eskimo” (Ice Cream)  It’s all gone now.  :.)

Again, thank you for your prayers and support!  Have a blessed day, and look for a ministry report (hopefully) soon!

Old Movies and No Christmas Decorations…

Tonight is our last night before Team Nica leaves!  We are spending some family time watching an old movie together…

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(You’ll notice that my Christmas Decorations are finally gone!  April 7th was “Undecorating” Day this year.  I wanted to make sure you all felt good about your own organizational skills…  :.)

But while the kids are still sleeping (at 3:30 am!), Team Nica will be up and readying for their long day of travel.  Please keep them in your prayers.  We ask specifically for prayer that the team remain healthy and have the boldness in Christ to speak the hope of Jesus to everyone they encounter!  Thank You!  We can do nothing apart from your prayers and support!

 

 

Buckets on the Go!

Today, our shipment of water purification buckets started their trek to Nicaragua, and our team isn’t too far behind!  (They leave in less than a week.)

Thank you to all who donated!  We were able to ship 20 gravity systems and 98 water bottles.  The team will pick them up at the airport during their time in Nicaragua and will distribute them according to need.  Keep praying for those who will receive both a bucket and the message of Christ… the Water of Life!

Nica – Here We Come!

IMG_2230Here is our team for the April ministry in Nicaragua.  They leave Tuesday, April 19th and return Wednesday, April 27th.  If you would like to pray for them by name, they are…

Left to Right:  Dr. Joseph (Joe) Falkner, Pastor Allen Mann, Katelynn (Kat) Petkoff, Richard Mann, and Rochelle Hansen.

I wish I could tell you the amazing amount of gifts and abilities that are represented in this small group.  I can’t wait to see how God uses each of those gifts He has given in order to bring the precious Nican people to Himself!

Thank you for your prayers thus far!  We have received all the money we needed for the water buckets for this trip.  (Any excess will be used for future water purchases.)  We are always so amazed at God’s provision, though by now we shouldn’t be.  Thank you to all who so generously gave to bring safe water to the communities!

Yes… Allen really did make it home…

When we last left Allen, he had just arrived in the Philippines…  And the blog left him there!

He came home and promptly got quite ill (beginnings of pneumonia) and just as he was getting better, I (Sheree) succumbed.

But we are feeling better now and we have lots to share with you.  We will be sending out a newsletter sometime next week, but for now here is a summary video of the Philippines trip, created by our own Joe Falkner!

Santa Fe Island, Philippines

The first days in pictures and excerpts from Allen’s journal….

Small Church Plant

“Our first outing was to a new church, planted by our friends in Cebu.  Pastor Cris and his brother are working with this church as well as another.”

Girls with Porridge

“We saw so many cute little faces, holding bowls, cups and spoons, awaiting a free meal of porridge. The kids were noisy as they made instruments out of their bowls and spoons, drumming up whatever showed their expression of anticipation for the meal. While they waited for the food, they also sang Bible songs and worked on a memory verse.”

Group of Kids in church

“At the second church plant, there were twice as many children as the first and they were all there with bowls and spoons, awaiting their free meal.  We sang some songs with them and then I was asked if I wanted to say anything to the children.  Of course I did, and I shared the message of God’s love and forgiveness with them and of God’s free gift of eternal life.  They seemed to be pretty well taught in the stories of the Bible, but I wanted to make certain they knew that God’s free gift is exactly that – Free!”  

The team is back in Cebu now and it is currently Sunday morning there.  Pastors Joe and Allen will be preaching at 2 different churches very soon.  Please continue to pray for their health and for clarity of the Good News.

 

Team Cebu!

In just a few short hours, Allen and our Philippine Mission Team heads to Sky Harbor to begin their LONG journey!  Bags are (mostly) packed.  300 children’s ministry books and  75 Foundational Doctrine Books are copied and bound.  Breakfast is in the crockpot and the coffee is brewing.

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Books in progress…  Yes, my Christmas stuff is still up.  Don’t be jealous.

Our amazing church has gathered and prayed for each of them…

IMG_1916IMG_1913The team is now ready!  Please pray that God’s work would be done, hearts would be ready, and our team would remain healthy and able to do the work to which they have been called.

Thank you for your part in this ministry.  Your prayer and support is what makes this possible!  And OH!  All the money has been provided for the food for the children and pastors!  We praise God for providing through you!

Spiritual and Physical Food

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Philippine boy enjoying a meal during our last visit, May 2015

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Philippine Child in slum community enjoying a snack, May 2015

We have a team going on a mission trip to the Philippines the first week in February. On this trip we will be teaching pastors and ministering to children in the slum communities. Our desire is to not only feed them with the Word of God but to also tend to their physical needs and provide a healthy meal. It will cost $800 to feed children and pastors for the days we are with them. (We anticipate 60 pastors and up to 500 children!)

Please pray with us that many will trust in Christ, that pastors will be encouraged, and that our team will remain healthy.  If you would like to financially partner in this endeavor, please make contributions out to Ponderosa Bible Church and mark it “Philippine Food”. You can log on to www.pbcpayson.org and contribute through Paypal as well. Thank you and God bless!

Happy Birthday Jesus Party!

It started weeks ago; preparations for a community birthday party for Jesus at our home church. There were SO many people involved, each working tirelessly – and when it came down to the actual event, it went off without a hitch.


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The beginning was slow, but by mid-morning, the craft area, carnival games, bounce house and snack station were all full!  We invited the group to take a break from the games and to come sit in the middle as I presented the message of the birthday of our Savior and the reason for the season. I shared a video clip of a time-warp and the kids had fun screaming with me as we sped through time to discover the reason why Jesus had to be born, die, and then rise again.

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At the end of the program, we were blessed to know that three of our visitors had put their trust in Christ, one visitor asked for (and received) some spiritual help, and others asked about van rides to attend church each week!  What an amazing time!!

That party is over, but there is still time to join us tonight for our Christmas Eve Eve service (December 23rd), where we will once again participate in sharing the great news of Christ. Our youngest daughter, Rachel, will be cast in a role alongside Sheree, and I’ll be playing some instruments with a small musical ensemble as well as  giving the message of hope through Jesus Christ.  We would love to see you there!

Ponderosa Bible Church

1800 N. Beeline Highway

Payson, AZ 85541

Merry Christmas!  

Duct Tape, Load Locks, and Waiting Rooms… Oh My!

Have you ever noticed that life doesn’t always go as planned?  In fact, I’ve come to the conclusion that it actually very seldom does.       

Allen Working on Trailer

On the side of the road, trying to get our (very broken) 40 ft. trailer home by using duct tape and load locks…

Really, Big Blue???  Twice in one month - after all the work Allen put into you?

Really, Big Blue??? Twice in one month – after all the work Allen put into you?

It’s a lesson my kids have had to learn early…. 

Kids in Waiting Room

Grandma has to have her pacemaker replaced. These kids are very good at waiting in waiting rooms.

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But sometimes we have the whole waiting room to ourselves…

We have a lot of surprises in this life – not all of them are very fun. 

But some of them are!!! 

Last year around this time, Allen traveled to Liberia, hoping to teach the public school teachers there how to share the gospel.  It was not possible at that time because of the Ebola crisis, but that opportunity is now here!  Allen is currently in Ghanta and will be teaching the Make It Clear Seminar to these teachers in just a few hours.  It’s conceivable that up to 10,000 public school students will hear the gospel through these teachers!  Please pray with us today that the gospel of grace will do its amazing work in the hearts of these teachers, and consequently, in the hearts of their students!

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