Saturday, September 25, 2010

It's A New Day... To Help Others!


THE RESOURCE CENTER finally opened on Sept 16th! We have a good stock of clothing and coats from which to choose. We were able to help three families and two individuals with clothing, food, or both. It was a very positive day and we are praying that these families will help spread the word for next month. Many in the community are asking, so hopefully they will come. Since we are NOT going to use government programs to provide for the Resource Center, we are so thankful for one of our sister churches in Missoula, Meadowview Community Church, who also collected clothing and food for the Resource Center. We are so very grateful for their kind and generous participation.

Things continue to move slowly, but bit by bit we see improvement in the relationship of the church with the community. One of the ladies here who did not want her mother to come to our community lunches on Thursdays recently brought her daughter who is in her first year of college to the Resource Center to look for clothes. We had a nice visit as they perused through the racks. This was a positive contact and a great victory in our eyes!

Another lady who attends services faithfully came to us on Sunday and said how thankful she is that God brought us here. That was a precious word of encouragement! Another lady stated after the first night of the Women’s Bible Study, “My husband is always drunk. I don’t know what I would do without you ladies and this church!” Praise the Lord for His faithfulness!!!


We are still praying about a more permanent facility in which to meet and the possibility of acquiring the former Methodist church located directly across the street from the High School. We want to keep this before you as a vital prayer petition.

7"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
8"For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.
9"Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone?
10"Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he?
11"If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children,
how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!”
(MATTHEW 7:7-11)

Alan met with the St Regis Community Board again last week. They approved our use of the building for another 3 months. He decided to stay for the entire meeting and the members got into quite a heated discussion about selling beer at an upcoming event they were sponsoring. The advocates for the beer were adamant about making a good profit. But the vote was tied. So, the chairman turned and said, “I’d like to hear what the preacher has to say.” (Are you sure?) Of course, Alan was able to give a clear, biblical perspective and urged them to consider if that is what they really wanted to be known for, since beer is readily available everywhere in town? The vote was taken again and failed… another day in the culture of the “West End” of Montana!


Saturday we were able to participate in the annual meeting for our Glacier Southern Baptist Association in Troy, Montana. Our time with other pastors, church planters, and fellow-laborers in western Montana is always such a blessing and encouragement! Bro. Sam Birky, Associational Missionary, gives such wonderful and uplifting leadership. We are so grateful to God for him and the pastors and churches in the Glacier Association.

We waited all summer to replace a broken computer board in our heating unit. Then when it was replaced we (well, actually Mr. John) discovered that the heater box was cracked and had to be repaired (whatever that is!) Anyway, 3 months and $600+ later, it is fixed and we are ready for winter to come… and it has already been a great blessing with early mornings in the 40s for a couple of weeks now. We praise God for it, and now ask that you pray with us for God’s provision for monthly expenses that this money would have normally covered… Always! Something! Unexpected!

Other Prayer Needs…
• Souls to be saved in this valley (specifically Pete, Pam, Roger, Chuck, Deb, Ty, Chantz, Debbie, Ray, Spring, Duane)
• New Day Resource Center open 3rd Thursday of each month
• Relationships would be built throughout our community for the glory of Christ
• Teachers & students in St Regis
• A more permanent facility in which to meet in St Regis
• Alana as she serves the Lord and continues to search for a full time job
• Alisha as she serves the Lord and plans for her wedding & marriage next summer, as well as her teaching responsibilities
• Praise the Lord for our current financial support team! We could not be here without you
• Seek the Lord for new monthly financial partners for ministry expenses in both locations, plus personal needs (a couple of our regular supporters have had to discontinue their financial support, but we know are continuing to pray)

1Finally, brethren, pray for us that the word of the Lord will spread rapidly and be glorified,
just as it did also with you;
2and that we will be rescued from perverse and evil men;
for not all have faith.
(2 Thessalonians 3:1-2)


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