As You Pray This Week

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Date: June 25, 2013

Dear Praying Friends,

This week three staff conferences will be taking place.  In recent years Village Missions has been unable to fund staff conferences, so the District Representatives have arranged smaller, less formal conferences.  In some cases, such as Lava Hot Springs, Idaho this week and Graeagle, CA two weeks ago, the local church hosts the conference. We praise the Lord for this ministry.  One conference is being held at the Pend Oreille Bible Camp near our fields in Dalkena and Cusick, WA.  In Canada, the western Canadian conference takes place at Green Bay Bible Camp near Kelowna, BC.  Please pray for safety in travel and renewal in ministry.  Brian and Carole will be attending the Pend Oreille conference and the Green Bay Conference.   We had a meeting in the Dallas office with our health insurance consultants.  We weren’t able to learn very much, as we will not receive a new bid from Regence Blue Cross until around September and the impacts of various ObamaCare changes such as the imposition of a reinsurance fee and research fee are unknown at this time.  Please pray for the health of our Village Missionaries and for wisdom as our Benefit Board seeks to provide coverage for our missionaries.  Generally, it appears that our group performance under the plan is satisfactory but we have overlap from our self-funded plan that affects the numbers.   We praise the Lord for the arrival of new missionaries Steve and Grace Washburn at their assigned field in Bruce Crossing, MI.  Bruce Crossing is near the Wisconsin border in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  Village Missionaries Skip and Venita Pullen have served Bruce Crossing as a second field.  Growth in the church has allowed us to assign the Washburns to that field as a stand-alone field.  Please pray for a great start to their ministry.   Judie and Mike Jones and Tim and Gwen Griffiths will be traveling to Lava Hot Springs, ID for a mini conference. Mike is the main speaker for the week so he covets your prayers for God’s will in the messages.   Pray for our District Representatives as they plan and put together these mini conferences across the country throughout the summer.   Village Missions is starting to be notified by our missionaries of upcoming retirements. This puts added strain on an already tight missionary pool.   Pray for a good Candidate School attendance for the fall. So far we do not have many applications and the deadline is August 1.   Pray for the transition of our new District Representative, Greg Petrie, as he moves from a church to an administrative role.  He will be serving Washington, Idaho and Alaska.   Pray for Lennie and Roy Adrian as they put the final touches on conference preparations. Pray for safety for all as they travel across the country to attend conference. In the past some have experienced problems with their vehicles, or have had minor accidents  please pray for safe travels. Please pray that the staff conference, June 27-30, would be a time of refreshing and encouragement for the missionaries who attend. Pray for the keynote speaker, Lyndon Wall, of Refresh Ministries.
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