Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Northern Europe Update


We started the month of August with a wonderful virtual prayer walk in Portugal.  We thank God for the team of workers who are serving the Lord in Portugal.  It was a wonderful turn out of prayer warriors from at least 6 countries. 

(You may wonder why we are speaking about prayer walks in places other than Northern Europe.  Sis. Kelley leads the Regional Prayer Commission and these virtual prayer walks are spear-headed by the Prayer Commission.) 

OUR NEXT VIRTUAL PRAYER WALK IS TO JORDAN ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4.  If you are interested in this time of intercession via Zoom, please write to this address to register.  It will start at 12 noon Central Standard time in USA. 

We thank God for His blessings on the Nordic General Conference that took place on-line.  It was a blessed time with some excellent preaching by Bro. Jack Cunningham.  Pictured above is Bro. Kelley leading the ministers’ business session and the Nordic Virtual Praise Team.

EME YOUTH CONGRESS

Even though we are not young, it was wonderful to be a part of the Europe/Middle East Youth Congress.  The Regional Youth Commission did outstanding organising this.  We enjoyed seeing our own Glasgow girl and Bible School alumna, Christine Patterson who is now a missionary to Romania, take part in one of the sessions.  She is pictured in the top left. The next picture shows Sis. Gertrude Riguer from Paris, France speaking in the Thursday evening service.  She is also a Harvest Bible College Graduate.



Although the official graduation is planned for next year, Harvest Bible College did honor those students who completed their course this year.  We thank God for 16 harvesters that have proved their diligence for the work of God by completing their course in a very chaotic year. 


BIBLE QUIZZING

What a blessing to see youth from various churches in Great Britain & Ireland participate in on-line Bible Quizzing.  Our son-in-law, Missionary James Beek, is the National Youth Director and he and Mary Catherine did a great job organising and conducting this wonderful ministry.








 

Monday, August 17, 2020

Spain Update



  • July passed in a flash! We still spent a lot of our time settling-in, but God is faithful! We moved forward in the Spirit, praying and planning.
  • We stayed connected through virtual worship services, and the Youth connected through virtual teaching and prayer. 
  • The Youth held its 1 in-person worship service since the quarantine began in mid-March. We were honored to preach that service; the atmosphere was electric!  
  • July presented numerous opportunities to connect 1-on-1 with members of the youth, and God has open doors to connect us with several families living close to us. Sam has also started his first Bible study (in Spanglish). 

Be still…

And know that I am God. (Ps. 46:10) July came and went quickly. We spent a lot of our time settling-in, but God is faithful! As COVID-19 resurged in Barcelona and the surround region (Catalonia), the government reinstituted some of its previous quarantine restrictions, albeit in milder forms. Bro. & Sis. Harrod anticipated this, and the church seamlessly transitioned back to online services—what a blessing to be led of the Spirit and have Spirit-led leadership! While we wanted a faster start, the Lord used this time to help us plan for a busy August and autumn.  

We remained connected with the youth through weekly Zoom sessions with teaching and prayer. Most often it is the youth giving these teachings. Practical and on-point they prepare the way for the prayer which follows. On several occasions the prayer has moved into periods of intercession for the church, the city of Barcelona, and Spain. It blesses us to watch the youth minister to each other and be ministered to. 

Our 1st Youth Service!  

This month we held our first in-person youth service! The last youth service predates the beginning of the quarantine in Spain, over five months ago.  The Spirit electrified the atmosphere as we began to pray and worship. Kristen and I were honored to preach about “Coming out of The Valley.” We believe God is calling us to be spiritually prepared for moving beyond COVID-19, perhaps in different ways than we ever imagined. 

Thirty attended that service, not including those who tuned-in online. God moved upon many hearts with a spirit of repentance. This was a huge encouragement to both us and the youth. We were also grateful for 5 new youth contacts that came to worship, some of which continue to stay connected to the church.  

It was the first, but it won’t be the last. The last week of August is the annual La Semana de Jóvenes (Youth Week). Three youth services are scheduled for August, including an evangelistic outreach at a main plaza and park. We’re takin’ things slowly, one day at a time, but we’re also takin’ it to the streets!  


Building relationships 

Our first desire in pastoring the youth is to get to know them. Because of July’s restrictions on groups greater than 10, we’ve used 1-on-1 meetings, usually over coffee, to start building relationships. We have so enjoyed these times of fellowship. In early August, we revived a longstanding event here known as Charlas Intimas (Intimate Conversations)—Sam with the boys (chicos) and Kristen with the girls (chicas). The charlas always include a devotion, but more importantly, a time of Q&A, sharing, and prayer with the youth. We hope to do these meetings with some frequency as new youth come into the church.  

Benaiah finished kindergarten this month. He is the smartest dinosaur (see picture below) we know, maintaining his focus amid a move across the U.S. and a protracted transition overseas. Congrats buddy! We’ve taken advantage of the extra time and used it to see some of the beautiful sights and fun attractions here in Barcelona.  Xander entered the perilous world of potty training and perfected the art of photobombing his own family’s family picture. Congrats to you too buddy!  

Prayer requests 

  • Continued revival and harvest in Spain.
  • Direction for the Youth as we close out 2020 and look toward 2021.
  • Wisdom in choosing the proper school for Benaiah and Xander in the Fall, and favor in receiving a space at our top-rated schools.  
  • That Sam would be effective in learning to listen, speak, and read and write Spanish. (He has entered a five-week, intensive course.) For Kristen to further hone her language skills. 







Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Good News from Northern Europe


How we praise God for His continued blessings and strength as we stay busy in His Kingdom. Recently, God has given us the privilege to be involved in ministry in various places.

NORWAY – “BREAKING THE CHAINS” CONFERENCE


This is an annual conference hosted by the church in Oslo, Norway and has become a real highlight for the Nordic countries and beyond with 12 countries being represented this year. Bro. Wayne Huntley and Bro. Nathan Harrod were greatly used of the Lord to minister. 


ENJOYING FAMILY


We enjoy those rare times when our family can be together.  It was a great blessing to have our son, Kyle, teach at Harvest Bible College.  We missed his family being with him but greatly enjoyed our time with Kyle.  He preached in the church as well as teaching in the college.  How we thank God for our children and their dedication to the Lord and His Kingdom.


During the 2009-10 school year, Kyle and his wife were the overseers for Harvest Bible College while we were on deputation.  That school year, Jason Hefner was a student.  Now he is the Vice-Principal of the college.  We thank God for bringing Jason back to Harvest Bible College and for giving him a fine wife.  It was special for Kyle to be with them as you see in the picture above.

NORTHERN DISTRICT CONFERENCE IN ELGIN


It was a blessing to be part of the Northern District Conference held in the Highlands of Scotland.  The church in Elgin did an outstanding job hosting the conference.  We are thankful for one of our sons in the Gospel, Bro. Derek Fyfe, who is doing a fine job pastoring in Elgin. Bro. Brian Shock did an outstanding job ministering in the conference.



LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR IN BELGIUM


What an outstanding opportunity and privilege it was to be part of the leadership conference in Brussels, Belgium.  Bro. and Sis. Terry Shock, along with Bro. Tuttle and Bro. Shutes, did a wonderful job teaching.  There was a wonderful representation of leaders from the Europe/Middle East Region and much was learned by all of us.


IT IS SUCH A PRIVILEGE TO BE A PART OF WHAT GOD IS DOING IN THE EUROPE/MIDDLE EAST REGION.  THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT THAT MAKES OUR MINISTRY POSSIBLE.

WE KNOW THAT TIMES ARE PERILOUS AND OUR MINISTRY WILL HAVE TO FLOW WITH THE CHANGES FACING THE CHURCH TODAY.   TOGETHER WITH YOU, OUR FAITHFUL PARTNERS, WE MOVE FORWARD IN JESUS NAME! 









From the Missionaries to Belgium


Dear Partners:

In January, we were able to go to Belgium for a period of 6 weeks.  We are grateful to the Lord to for a good report:  revival fires are burning!  Here is a list of some of the things we were able to participate in while there:

  • Reopening of the Bible School after being closed since 2015.  We opened with 25 new students!  To God be the glory. 
  • Attended a 3-day Leadership Development International Seminar for missionaries as well as national pastors and leaders.  Bro. and Sis. Terry Shock did an outstanding job.
  • Visited Gent, the target city for UPC Belgium to open a new work.  This is a beautiful city of 260,000+ people and there is no Apostolic representation in that city.  Please help us pray!  
  • Crystal taught a Ladies Seminar, and together, we taught a Marriage Seminar.  

Because our visa situation is still not resolved, we have just arrived back in the US to continue the process.  Although its great to be with family and friends, our hearts are in Belgium because we see how great the need is.  Please help us pray concerning this  situation.

Merci beaucoup for your continued prayerful and financial support.  We appreciate your burden for lost souls around the world.
Here is a pictorial view of some of the things that happened while we were there.



Kevin and Crystal Wallace




Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Luxembourg Missions Report



Greetings from Luxembourg In the Name of Jesus! 

It is so powerful to see evidence that God is everywhere, at all times, and is in control of everything. Recently, my wife and I were praying against spiritual opposition in Luxembourg and our whole family became ill. We all had fever, were nauseous, and were dizzy. We continued to pray under these conditions in spite of the fact that we were getting physically weak. On the fourth day something broke. Our fevers were gone, the nausea and dizziness left and we felt breakthrough. What we didn’t know was there was an apostolic church in Bogota, Colombia being persecuted and attacked by guerrilla troops that caused the church to disband. One particular family, on the ministry team there, told us their story how the Lord protected them enabling them to flee the country. Then, God led them to Luxembourg!


Jhon, Francie, and their son, Samuel (pictured above) made it safely to Luxembourg. We connected with them and offered them help. Jhon was the assistant pastor of the church they had fled and are both very gifted musicians as well. We started a Spanish Bible study. About the same time Dina Montoya (also pictured above in glasses) also came to Luxembourg from Colombia. We later learned Francie and Dina had grown up together and gone to school together but had not seen each other in years. They were reunited in Luxembourg and now worship together every week.



In a country where the official languages are Luxembourgish, French and German, we now have a Spanish home group as well. The Lord is putting all the pieces together to reach this nationally diverse country.



In His Service,

Jeremy & Khrista Favors




Friday, February 14, 2020

Good News from Northern Europe


The year started out with much prayer and fasting.  Throughout the Europe/Middle East Region, many nations start the year with extended times of prayer and fasting.  The churches in Great Britain & Ireland have a National Week of Prayer that ends with prayer rallies in each district.

The Glasgow Church was privileged to host one of these prayer rallies and it was an exceptionally good time of prayer.  Each church in the district submits requests and time is taken to pray for each church.  Below you can see the James Beek Family, who pastor in Glasgow, being prayed for.


HARVEST BIBLE COLLEGE RETREAT 


The alumni of Harvest Bible College organised a wonderful retreat.  This was a “first” and was an exceptionally good time of fellowship, reminiscing, teaching and mentoring.  We thank God for the great alumni of the college who are working for the Lord in numerous places around the world.

If you know anyone who would like to attend Harvest Bible College, please direct them to:

www.harvestbiblecollege.co.uk




What a joy it was to be with the great church in Paris, France and our missionary colleagues, Paul and Darla Brochu.  We were with them for their Faith Promise service and a wonderful international meal.  We give God praise for the great work of this church and the many souls who are being reached.



What a joy it was to once again visit Sweden and the churches there.  We rejoiced to see 3 men baptised in Stockholm.  They also have a wonderful new facility for their church services.

It was wonderful to also be in Falun where Sis. Kelly Collier is doing a great work for the Lord.

THANK YOU TO MANY WHO HAVE PRAYED FOR SWEDEN OVER THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS.  THE CHURCH IN THIS NATION HAS BEEN THROUGH MUCH, BUT GOD IS SMILING ON THE FAITHFULNESS OF OUR LABORERS WHO ARE DOING A WONDERFUL JOB.





It has been both a joy and a heartbreak to teach a family in the Channel Islands on Saturday mornings via Skype for over 3 years.  The joy has been to know that there are people in this island nation that love God and have given their lives to Him.  The heartbreak is that there is no church for them to attend.  These Saturday morning Bible studies are the only “church” they have.

WOULD YOU PRAY FOR MARIUS AND MARIANNA AND THEIR DAUGHTER, ANTONIO? WOULD YOU PRAY THAT GOD WILL SEND SOMEONE TO THIS ENGLISH-SPEAKING NATION THAT LIES IN THE ENGLISH CHANNEL BETWEEN ENGLAND AND FRANCE? WE WISH WE HAD ANOTHER LIFE TO GIVE TO THE CHANNEL ISLANDS.