Wednesday, August 21, 2013

McKeen Family Update

Won't you join us in prayer for the following?

Please pray for Jake, Karen and family as they are in a transition time.

They write,” After four years of giving to the ministry in Blodgett Mills, the Lord is calling us away to rest. The mission has given us a period of six months to step away from pastoral ministry to rest, to be recharged spiritually and to get refocused. We will not be returning to Blodgett Mills. Right now, we do not know what the Lord has for us at the end of this period, but we know He will reveal that to us in His time." Jake and Karen are in Kansas City this week spending time with and receiving direction from Village Missions, their sending agency. Karen is six months along in her pregnancy with twin boys.

Amanda has been working with children through a home care agency since June. She currently lives in Bangor, Maine. Please pray for her and her friend, Nick.

McKeen Baby Update

After testing, Mark and Alicia got a call from a genetic counselor and were told their baby has trisomy 18 syndrome. This is very difficult news. Only a very small very percentage of babies that have this problem are born alive. Of those that are born alive, less than ten percent will make it past their first birthday. Most babies with T18 will have severe developmental defects.
Please lift up their baby to the Lord with us. Pray for strength for Mark and
Alicia as they work through all this. He writes, “We have never felt so helpless. The baby is so close to us, yet we can do nothing. The Lord is certainly teaching us to lean on Him through this. God’s will is perfect and His sovereign hand is working.”

Thank you to all who have been and will be praying. You have been a tremendous support to the family.Please check Mark’s blog, Focused on Him for more updates.

Kevin and Emily write, "We had a great and encouraging time last night meeting with WOL leader, Eric Brown, and the Olympian and Teen leaders for this coming year at West Rockport Baptist Church!" Please pray they stay encouraged as the serve the Lord in Maine.

 Thank you for partnering with us in prayer. It keeps us encouraged!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

I have Jesus

The closing day of VBS in Borja was filled with emotion. It had come to the director's attention that during the song, "I Have So Much", specifically after singing the phase,"I have my parents to be thankful for" that some children did not sing or tears were streaming down their faces. One girl shared she didn't have a father. Darwin, the director, recounted his childhood to the children speaking of his own father who was often absent and when the father was in the home he was so miserable he wished he wasn't there. "You have a faithful father in Jesus.", Darwin went on to share with the children, "Jesus will not abandon you, ever." It was internalized by one fatherless child, who told of his difficult home situation. He later smiled and said to his leader, "Now I have Jesus."

Fun with a Purpose
Great Ministry Team from Chaupimolino Church

 We are thankful for the collaboration we received from both the town of Borja and Baeza. Diana delivered 3 official letters and met with the president of Borja in preparation for the event.Two local farmers donated milk for snacks and others helped provide housing for team members. Public facilities were available for our use. The municipality assisted with public radio announcements of the event. A member of the town council assisted with food for team members. Local police assisted in announcing the event using the loudspeaker of the patrol car. All these connections are important because we are meeting more people.

We want to especially express our appreciation to you because your prayers and gifts to Crossworld on our behalf make this ministry possible. 

Thursday, August 1, 2013


Some days are overwhelming to us as we see spiritual needs here in Borja and the surrounding areas of Baeza and El Chaco. The openness of the people is before us and we are burdened for their souls. 

Here a few of the many opportunities before us:

  -Town officials in Borja and Baeza are supporting VBS in both areas. Chaupimolino Church is partnering with us for VBS.

-Dan is sharing bi-monthly with a group in El Chaco. The leader of the group asked for teaching on values and spiritual help. Some members of the group have approached Dan for spiritual help.

-Dan is sharing a devotional with the seniors twice weekly.

- We are meeting with several families regularly in Borja and El Chaco.

- Discipleship with children in Borja.

Please be Praying for:

  God to stir hearts to serve Him is these needy areas.

  VBS August 12-16 in Borja and Baeza.

  Spiritual growth in new believers.

  God to open the eyes of the blind to truth.

  Salvation of Dan's friend

  Balance and strength

  Ministry Area meeting August 20