Archives for February 2016

February 28, 2016 JANE’S HEART TO HEART … Pastor’s Help Mate

While Ken and I were ministering at Jonesville Baptist Church, the church supported Annette Williams, a registered Nurse and instructor in Togo West Africa with ABWE.

This past week Annette, who is in Kentucky settling her mothers estate, sent a letter asking prayer for her co-worker, Dr. and missionary.

I wish I had much better news than this. Todd DeKryger has fallen desperately ill again this afternoon since his surgery Monday to see if he had perforated typhoid. His abdomen was OK visually. He rallied on Tuesday but today he has taken a big turn for the worse. He is on IV drugs to keep his blood pressure up, and has very labored respirations, and in and out of consciousness.

I just received a call from the surgeon that operated on him and they are very worried that he may not survive the night to catch his evacuation plane to Europe tomorrow AM leaving from Niamtougou (Niger Republic) at 8 AM (3 AM EST). We are trying to find a government helicopter to fly him to the plane.

They tried to transport him to the airport to take him to Germany and the ambulance broke down and a truck towed them to the airport….and then to the hospital but they were not able to save him.

MARBC Messenger – posted this letter February 26, 2016

“We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord. Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:8-9

Missionary Todd DeKryger is now in the presence of His Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

The following is a letter from Jennifer DeKryger, the wife of ABWE missionary Todd DeKryger, medical director at the new ABWE hospital, Hospital of Hope in Mango, Togo. The DeKrygers are missionaries sent out by Forest Hills Baptist Church in Grand Rapids. Please join us in prayer for these dear co-laborers in the Lord’s harvest field.

The harvesters are paid good wages, and the fruit they harvest is people brought to eternal life. What joy awaits both the planter and the harvester alike! John 4:36

Here’s the update from Jennifer:

Today, Jesus called Todd home from the work he was doing planting and harvesting in Togo. In the mystery of His will, God chose this day to reward Todd with the unequaled joy of heaven. This is the promise of God that we as believers cling to through tears and pain. Todd poured out his life as an offering to God in Togo. I know that Todd would similarly encourage us who remain here for a little while longer to also be faithful in our service to our King (Philippians 2:17).

Please continue praying and ask Jesus to bring comfort to William, Grant, Luke, and Drew. Ask that His Spirit would provide peace that is beyond the knowledge of this world. Keep praying that the boys grow strong in their knowledge of God’s Word so they can live out the legacy that their father has given to them. Also, pray that our Father in heaven would send more workers like Todd to the beautiful fields of Togo where the harvest is so great!

My heart is overwhelmed with unspeakable grief – for myself, our boys, our extended family, our spiritual family and the Hospital of Hope team. I cling only to the gospel and the certain hope of our salvation through Jesus Christ. I long for the men, women and children of Togo to know the Savior that Todd served so faithfully.

Even in my pain, I am confident that our sacrifice – that Todd’s sacrifice – was worth it. I believe that the great commission is a cause worth dying for. And in the midst of my grief, I fix my eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of my faith. The outpouring of prayers and support in recent days has been overwhelming. And I can’t begin to thank all those who have shown kindness to our family. There are many decisions to be made and I will update you again in the days to come. Please be patient as I will not be able to respond to every call, message or e-mail personally. Thanks for standing with us through this time.

In Christ Alone we find our strength,    The DeKryger and Benefiel families

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February 21, 2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart…  Pastor’s Help Mate

February 21, 2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart…  Pastor’s Help Mate

 

Couples in the Bible by Robert & Bobbie Wolgemuth is a one-year Devotional Study to Draw you Closer to God and Each other. (Bobbie went to be with the Lord after her battle with cancer in 2014)

Key Scripture: Genesis 6:1-22.

Let’s look at Noah and his wife, (whose name was not given in the Bible). Noah was a man of integrity, who walked righteously, in an evil world. Though he was mocked, she supported him while he followed the Lord’s detailed instructions on building the ark in preparation for the great flood. Perhaps people smiled and talked about them and their three sons, as they gathered the materials for the Ark. Noah warned them of their need for repentance. Perhaps she assured him, “Noah, God knows your heart. This is God’s battle.” Some onlookers may have even lent a hand, yet did  not believe.

Think of the task ahead of them with such a huge wooden craft, approximately the size of one and a half football fields and four stories high, to save Noah’s family and no-one knows how many  pairs of animals (est. tens of thousands) and enough space to store food for the time on board.  I sure wish Noah would have swatted those two mosquitos.

They chose to live holy lives in a corrupt society. Noah preached and I would think that his wife prayed as he warned the people and pled with them to turn from their sins. They carried the burden of knowing God was about to punish the wicked.  Perhaps they prayed daily for these people, and even feared that they may have missed someone.

The account of faithful Noah, his wife, his three sons and their wives is strong evidence that they discipled their children by living and teaching them to love and obey God. These girls from lost families were counted among the righteous.

Noah’s family made a clear choice in spite of temptations to conform to the world they  chose to serve the Lord.   You and your family can do the same.

Josh. 24:15 “As for me and my house we will Serve the Lord.”

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Everything I need to know about life, I learned from Noah’s Ark

  1. Don’t miss the boat.
  2. Remember that we are all in the same boat.
  3. Plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.
  4. Stay fit. When you’re really old, someone may ask you to do something really big.
  5. Don’t listen to the critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done.
  6. Build your future on high ground.
  7. For safety’s sake, travel in pairs.
  8. Speed isn’t always an advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetahs.
  9. When you’re stressed, float a while.
  10. Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals.
  11. No matter the storm, when you’re with God, There’s always a rainbow waiting.

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February 14, 2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart…  Pastor’s Help Mate

Valeene Hayes was a missionary with OMS the missionary society of  our Marilyn Wykes.    From an article from Jan-April 2016 OMS Outreach.

A lady who gives her heart and life daily to the Lord.

After surviving rheumatic fever as a child, doctors placed strict limitations upon Valeene telling her she would never be able to serve overseas as a missionary. But

God miraculously intervened, and in 1962, Miss Valeene began her missionary career in Haiti with One Mission Society.

One night when she and a coworker were talking about devotions and prayer, her coworker mentioned how hard it was to stay awake while praying before bedtime. She simply smiled and shared how she told her mother that same thing when she was a teenager. Her mother said, “He understands. What better way to fall asleep  than talking to Jesus?”  Often she would relate to coworkers what she was learning in her daily quiet times.  It seemed that she had a direct line to God because she often spoke of His leading her.

One story she shared was of her early years of fund raising with OMS. While driving through  the Iowa countryside, her car ran out of gas. This was before cell phones and there was not a pay phone in sight.  She walked to a nearby farm, looked around for help, but no one was home. While standing at her car, praying about what to do next, God prompted her to check  to see if the farm house door was unlocked. Finding the door unlocked she called out. No response. God again prompted her to go inside to search for a phone. 

While she was looking for the phone she saw several missionary prayer cards displayed on the hutch.  “Here I am in a home that prays for missionaries!” she thought. She found the phone and contacted a friend who lived nearby. Then, she left a handmade wooden heart box on the table, along with her prayer card and a note thanking the family for the use of their phone. 

As a woman of prayer, Valeene often shared stories of God’s leading which were also written into prayer tracts so that the world of OMS could read them too.

Valeene dedicated her life to God as a single woman and purposefully used her time to mentor and encourage young people during every stage of her life and ministry. Whether she was serving as dorm mother for the OMS Haiti MKs in Port-au-Prince, Dean of women at Vennard College, music in Mahogany (traveling Haitian choir), program director for Radio 4VEH’s FM Stereo 95, and prayer coordinator for OMS’ World Intercessors, she truly loved serving the Lord.

Since retiring from Haiti in the late 1990’s, Valeene has volunteered with the prayer ministry at  OMS World Headquarters, also planning worship monthly for OMS’ half day of prayer. With her experience in radio programing and music training, she understands the important role that music can play in preparing  hearts for prayers.

From her simple challenge of “Give a Good Day” to sharing the wisdom God has given her over the years, Valeene’s life of genuine faith daily continues to overflow with music, prayer, and God’s Word.      

February 7, 2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart…  Pastor’s Help Mate

February 7, 2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart…  Pastor’s Help Mate

Ladies Who Are True Models

Titus 2:3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;

4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,   5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

For some time as  I have been thinking about what that Scripture is really saying to me.  What is my responsibility as a mother, a grandmother and, yes, a pastor’s wife and leader/teacher?

This past week I believe the Lord has revealed part of this to me  in the Scripture that I have been writing in my “Journible” for  I Peter 5.

1 The elders which are among you, I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:

Peter is addressing pastors and deacons, and older men in the church.

2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; (In other words “Watch over or shepherd not for personal gain”)  3 Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being examples to the flock. (as models).   4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away (your reward will be in heaven).

Peter goes on to say to the younger men and we can make an application here to the women on the basis of Titus 2 where it says ‘likewise’ (in Titus 2:3 )

5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be

subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.  6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:

Ladies,  we should be ‘models’ not by the world’s standard, but truly spiritual models as described in Titus 2:5   I used Webster for the following:

Discreet….  Possessed of, exercising, or showing prudence and self-restraint in      speech and behavior; circumspect:

Chaste…    pure, decent, or modest in nature, virgins

Keepers… an attendant, a guard, or a warden

Good…      efficient, useful, healthy, strong, happy or skilled

Obedient…Dutifully complying with the commands, orders, or instructions      of one in authority

For a true child of God, this all comes with a right HEART attitude for the elderly and the young; joyfully, not because you have to, but because you want to, not out of obligation, but out of your love for Christ and Christ alone.  Ladies, let’s become true models of God’s Standards. Run to God.