Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A New Day -- A Day of Joy!

A most amazing gift of joy this year is our first grandchild, Miss Micaiah Malin, born to Abdul and Alisha Damron Seruyange in Kampala, Uganda, East Africa on December 15th! She weighed in at about 6 lbs and is a tiny bundle of great joy! We are so excited and so proud of this new,
young family.

A gift of life and the reality of death. Although this may sound strange to many folks, we are rejoicing at our first invitation to do a memorial service locally. Alan was not able to physically go and do this, but Gene went and did a fine job. In our community most folks will just do a wake and not have a church or minister involved in any way. To contact a church or minister at a time of death for most citizens here is quite unusual. So, we praise Him for this open door of opportunity!

We also rejoice with those who are interested in the work here in western Montana to such a degree that they will do something practical and substantial to help us! The St Regis Schools divided the proceeds from their canned good drive in November to the three churches in
the town. So this helped us with our Food Pantry in December. Then, one of our sister churches in Missoula, Meadowview Community Church, collected staples and food stuffs through November and gave it all to us for the December Pantry. We were so excited to be able to give a generous and abundant food supply for each family in December. We also were able to assist a brand new family in St Regis. Thank you, Lord, for touching hearts to help us!

One of our ladies who attends in St Regis had a prayer for more work hours answered in early December. On Wednesday she said, “It is amazing what can happen when you start to tithe.” YES! Her family had just recently begun to tithe as a result of one of the messages in November.
God is so good to allow us to see His “root building” work.

We finally came up with a new approach for LIGHT on Wednesday nights. Although Alan had talked with school officials last year to see what one night in the week would be free for church activities, it has not worked out as they had indicated. So, we just moved our time to later in the evening on Wednesday and last week we had 3 new youth! AMEN and AMEN! Please pray with us for the teens in this valley. There is just so very little for them other than school, and we are pretty sure there is even less spiritual nurture! We enjoyed pizza, of course, a rousing game of “Apples to Oranges” and then delved into another lesson of “Hard Questions for Christians”.

Another great joy in the Christmas Season for New Day Fellowship is the distribution of Christmas Baskets filled with food for a Christmas Day meal. This year we were able to supply food for eleven families. One man called on the day of distribution and asked if we had enough
for his family—he had been seriously injured earlier this year when he fell off of a roof and landed on both feet which shattered every bone. He went through several surgeries and although it was doubtful he would ever walk again, he is now walking with a slight limp--indeed a walking miracle! Of course, we had enough to add his family and thank the Lord we could!

A favorite event for the holidays was our Third Annual New Day Fellowship Family Christmas--31 attended with a couple of new families—that is always exciting! For the first time we had 12 children (from teens to 6 yrs old) who really had a great time. It was also a group combined of both Haugan and St Regis locations. The father of one of the families is the man who two and half years ago met Alan, poked him in the chest, and said “I hate your church, I hate you, and I will never come there.” God must have done a great work because he and his family came on Easter and now returned for the Christmas party! Maybe this doesn’t seem like much, but it
is a major victory to us! This is just such a great time of fellowship, lots of fun, delicious food, and a wonderful opportunity for those who don’t attend to come, feel welcome and enjoy themselves! A couple of our ladies in Haugan prepared all the food and helped Alan and Gene with set up since Sarah fell on the ice on the previous Thursday and was out of commission through the weekend. We are so thankful for their service and willingness to make this party happen. We can’t give away all our secrets, but it is probably our favorite event of the year!

Many of you know Mr. Vern, who was one of our fabulous four beginning members and the heart and soul of God’s work in this community. Vern is battling some serious health issues right now and has gone to stay with his younger brother in Spokane until some things can be resolved.
We miss him terribly. Will you please pray with us for Vern? He is such a precious part of New Day Family, a clear intentional witness in this valley, and one of our fabulously favorite folks!

Our Prayers of Praise...
* Safe arrival of our first grandbaby in Kampala, Uganda—a girl, Micaiah Malin weighed 6 lbs—and their safe arrival home.
* We were able to distribute twelve Christmas Baskets filled with ham, potatoes, yams with fixings, green beans, applesauce, cranberry sauce, bread, pickles, olives, pie and cool whip to
needy families from Superior to Haugan!
* The help of Melba, Sharon, and Joyce on the New Day Fellowship Family Christmas since Sarah was out of commission from her fall on the ice.
* Thankful that Sarah did not break her ankle, but only has a severe sprain.
* So grateful for our prayer and financial support team and their continued faithfulness.

Our Prayers of Petition...
* For “the strong man” to be bound, strongholds to be torn down, and spiritual scales to be
removed from the eyes of Teenagers, children, moms, dads, and families throughout this
valley! Specifically--Jordan, Maddi, Juliana, Michael, Samantha, Gabby, David, Jasmine, Sam, Lizzie, Brandon and others...
* Alan as he recovers from knee replacement surgery for the next 4 weeks. We need God’s grace
and healing Hand.
* In recent weeks we have had notice of a decrease in our monthly support by over $1,000 that
we know of—we understand that God is the true Source of our supply and know that He will see us through. We understand that these are difficult time in our nation. Please join us in asking God for new individuals and churches who will support financially on a monthly basis in 2012.
* God’s provision for:
** heating fuel for both locations
** the monthly building payment in St Regis ($350 is being received toward this, New Day Network is meeting the balance as long as we can. We are trying to get needed information to re-do the loan at a lower rate and in the proper name.)
** the Resource Center on the 3rd Thursday of each month (free food and clothing) It is always a challenge to get this stocked with food each month. (We have plenty of clothing right now.)
** provision for utilities, food and materials
** for weekly ministry in both locations
** God’s Spirit to protect every aspect of New Day Network Ministry and New Day Fellowship
from any confusion or ungodly influence
** The possibility of a lot and house in St Regis to call home (we know this would be a total work of and gift from God) –we are content to wait upon Him.

Matthew 4:16
“... the people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light,
and for those dwelling in the
region and shadow of death, on them a light has dawned."

As always... please send any and all prayers directly to our Father in
Any financial gifts may be sent to:
PO Box 420013
Haugan, MT 59842
[or online @ http://www.newdaynet.net/ and click the donate tab]
NOTE: All gifts are tax deductible.

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