January 26: Phil & Valorie Rownd, Stanley, IA
Stanley is a town of 100 surrounded by farms. Stanley Union Church was founded by the pioneers in 1887 and joined Village Missions in 1985. The town is home to Kountry Ken’s used car dealership, Iowa Farm Automation, the fire department, and the church. The citizens of Stanley shop and go to school in larger towns, and many of our church members come from those larger towns. Much of our congregation is getting old and tired, and we need to be thinking about the next generation of leaders. Pray that the Men’s Mentoring training will produce godly men. The youth group has grown from 4 kids on Wednesday nights now up to 25. Most of our new teens come from non-Christian homes, so pray that God will grip their hearts tightly! Pray for an open door to take the youth on a mission trip this summer. Please pray for our own children: Andrew (10), Carole (8), and Caleb (4), for strong faith and love for Jesus. Andrew and Carole have special needs – pray for wisdom for Val and me. Pray for the dads and moms of our young families to faithfully instruct their kids in the Lord. And pray that God will be glorified as our building committee raises funds and makes plans for an addition to the church building. Pray that the church will be a blessing to all of Stanley.