Jerry Gibson call (303-489-4620)

I talked with Jerry Gibson 9/16/14  and he seemed exactly the same as always:  he hears who’s on the other end of the phone and immediately breaks out into praise and thanks to God and then slides seamlessly into prayer and encouragement.  He says he’s very busy being a go-to reference source and mentor to many folks and that he thinks and prays for us every Friday morning and that he is there in spirit sitting at the same table as Hal.  He sends his love and prayers to all.  I asked him for a verse for the guys and without hesitation he peels off “2nd Timothy 2:2”.

“…And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others….”
Dana

Nobles’ Prayer Update mid-September

Dear praying friends,
Thank you for continuing to pray for us! Please continue to pray for the boys as they settle into their new school. It’s a great school, but it isn’t easy to adjust all over again to new friends, a new homework routine, etc. Nate’s in middle school now, which is an age with special challenges! Thankfully he made the Junior Varsity soccer team. As one of the younger players, he won’t get to play as much, but he gets to train with the Varsity team and an excellent coach. Pete made the elementary basketball team as he waits for his soccer season to start. Tim and I are so thankful for the Christian role models at school. Please pray the boys will respond spiritually.
Please pray for our travels; for the boys to continue enjoying going up to Tha Rua church on weekends so we can stay involved as a family; and for safety on the roads.
Because: things are happening!
With encouragement from Will and MengEn, the Pha Chi group is growing slowly. Please pray for the believers there, and for outreach to share God’s love with others who don’t know it.
Meanwhile, the Tha Rua church is growing and the sanctuary gets crowded on Sundays! When the children leave for Sunday School, the worship team needs their chairs so they can sit down to listen to the sermon.
More members of the Ban Rom family are coming. Matt and Pat’s wedding was a great witness. They have committed to coming to church regularly. Now Matt is playing with the worship team, and Pat is requesting baptism and sharing the gospel with co-workers. A family from Don Phut (mentioned last update) have met another Christian in their town, and together they have requested a monthly small group in their home. Tim and Tha Rua church members have gone several times, and are excited to see visitors join. We are praying that this will eventually become a church. Tha Rua church leaders have committed to leading a small group once a week, rotating between homes where they can help Christians witness to their community, hoping to see where other new churches can start.
This last Sunday, the “Youth” groups from Lopburi, Saraburi, Singburi and Tha Rua joined together for an outreach at the market in Don Phut! They put together some children’s activities, passed out tracts and sang songs and shared testimonies in the middle of the market. It was probably a bit overwhelming for such a small town (about 7000 people altogether in the district) to have such a large influx of Christians (about 50 altogether!) eager to tell about the hope we have in Jesus. While the group was singing one song, I went over to talk with a security guard who was watching everything and he gave me a “thumbs up”. May he and many others who heard the gospel turn their hearts toward Christ.
We are thrilled to be part of these new developments. Please pray as we’re discovering the most strategic part God wants us to play in what He is doing here!
Grace and Peace to all of you.
Tim and Brenda, with Nate and Pete
“By God’s Grace we aim to see a movement of biblical Thai Christian communities growing into churches, characterized by MISSION*, spreading throughout Ayutthaya and to the ends of the earth.”
*Maturing
   Interceding
   Servant-led
   Self-supporting
   Indigenous
   Outward-reaching
   Nurturing

Letter from Darv and Carol Smith 4/25/14

Hi All

Darv asked that I post this letter:

Dear Brothers from Boulder Men’s Christian Fellowship, April 25, 2014

Greetings from Boulder, CO where Carol & I are currently based. We have lead and served under Youth With A Mission / University of the Nations / and Addictive Behavior Ministries International (ABMI) full-time since 1989. During these 25 years, we have been grateful for the encouragement & prayer support of BMCF. We have trained over 700 students as addiction counselors. They have come from over 60 different countries. We have also done training in many other counseling training schools & ministries globally.

Darv has been very active in serving in leadership with International Substance Abuse & Addiction Coalition (ISAAC) since it began in 1997. ISAAC is a networking organization for Christian leaders working in the addiction field from many global ministries. We are very grateful to the Lord Jesus Christ for this opportunity to serve and be blessed in these ministries.

I have worked over 20 years in many rural hospitals, mostly in west TX providing emergency medical care as a means of earning money for ABMI. This has been a major support for ABMI international travel and operating expenses.

Carol and I have been invited and encouraged to write a book with Our Story. We feel that this would include the stories of those we have trained to work in addiction recovery globally. This may take 1-2 years while continuing most of our ABMI ministry. We have already attended 3 weeks of a writing school.

We are in the process of going through a major change in our lives. Darv will be phasing out of his ER work to focus with Carol on writing our book.

Our main expense has been for international airfares and for teaching materials. We would like to ask for your prayers for us during this transitional period. With less income we would like you to pray about possibly donating to ABMI (501-(3)-(c) non-profit organization) for tax deductible donations. This may be single or monthly donation. Carol processes these donations and will provide needed receipts. We are grateful for the partial support of First Pres of Boulder.

Blessings, Darv & Carol

Matt Stone bio – speaking Mar 14

Darrell suggested that we schedule Matt Stone, who was with his mom while she was in hospice. Here is a brief bio:

Matt Stone is a Hospice chaplain with Heartland Hospice in Westminster. In that role, he has served over 100 patients and their families. Matt graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary. He is also helping start Pax Church in Longmont, a spiritual community that helps people find peace with God, themselves and the world. He has been married to his wife Heather for almost nine years and they enjoy spending time with their dog Cooper and hiking and snowshoeing in the beauty of the Rocky Mountains.

Ten Common Questions Regarding Torah Observance For Gentile Christians – Ariel ben-Lyman HaNaviy

Ariel sent the following just this morning (10/19/13):

“I have finally completed my “Ten Common Questions Regarding Torah Observance For Gentile Christians” paper and audio teaching prepared especially for the Boulder Men’s Christian Fellowship (BMCF) group … I pray that the teaching will challenge and edify the brothers.”

To hear the audio (2hr 45 min) go here.

I suggest you open Ariel’s document while you listen –  just click to open: 10 questions on Torah Obervanace for Gentile Believers. This will open in a new window or tab, so you can follow along with the audio by switching from the audio tab to the document.