Robbie & Hengrida

UPDATE:

Thanks for your prayers for Robbie and Hengrida! The wedding, as you can see, was beautiful, and they are on their way to the U.S. - please pray for their travels, for Hengrida's family in Albania, and for her time adjusting a new home and culture. (and married life!) Here are some of their pics from the wedding:

July 12 Prayer Request:

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PRAYER REQUEST FROM KEN & TANJA:

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Please pray for our son Robbie and his bride-to-be Hengrida Biçaku. Almost one year ago, Ken and Robbie were in Albania for the betrothal of Robbie to Hengrida. Since then, Robbie has been diligently working to get a Fiancé Visa for Hengrida and, this past month, it finally happened! Robbie will be flying to Albania on the 17th of this month and will be bringing Hengrida back on the first of August. We praise God for the work He has done to bring them together. Please pray for their new union before God and life together, for Hengrida’s adjustment to a new culture, for the Biçaku family as they say goodbye to their daughter and for all their travels.

Want to read about how an arranged marriage in 21st century America came about? CLICK HERE TO READ ABOUT THEIR “HEAVENLY ARRANGEMENT”.

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UPDATE (July 16): The presentation that I told you about a couple of weeks ago (see below) is tomorrow! Please pray for me and pray for the Foreign Missions Committee at Downtown for wisdom and discernment as they make decisions regarding who to partner with. They have far more “asks” than funds so they have to say yes to some and no to others. For our ministry with Lumenations, I of course hope it is a yes and ask you to join me in prayer that we get the funds we need for this work. Below is a sample of an “Missions Minute” update that I did while in Uganda, just one way we try to minister to our local church.

I (Ken) will be meeting with the Mission Committee at Downtown Church here in Searcy on June 17 about a possible partnership with Lumenations - specifically asking for funds for Lumenations travel, media and administrative expenses for the year. This church blessed us greatly this past year with some special donations to cover the cost of Rwanda and Uganda as well as some helping us to get some “starter equipment”, the very basics needed for media work. These funds are crucially needed for any continued work we do here at Lumenations, so please pray for this meeting and for favor with the committee and this partnership.

While you are praying for funds, please pray for provision for our family. In this past year, we’ve lost over $1,000 per month of our support, a significant percentage, and I am working to raise support to replace that.

And don’t forget, the Leongs are still working to raise Aaron’s support for his future work with Lumenations! This is in the midst of moving his family to the other side of the U.S., so keep praying for them as well!

Thanks for you prayers!

Please Pray for Bethany

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ORIGINAL POST: Our daughter, Bethany, who lives in Northwest Arkansas doing midwifery work, passed out three times yesterday - twice at work and once on the way to the medical clinic of a friend of ours who is a doctor in Fayetteville. Most tests were good except her EKG showed abnormalities so we are up in Fayetteville right now taking her to a cardiologist this morning. She passed out again this morning. Thanks for your prayers! Ken and Tanja

UPDATE 6 - (7/2) Bethany is in Searcy with us and recovering well, continuing to feel better and stronger each day and more “normal”. We praise God that there have been no more fainting spells and ask for your prayers that this continues! Again, thank you so much for your prayers!

UPDATE 5 - (6/24) Bethany is in recovery from her surgery now. The surgeon, Dr. Soliman, just came out and said the surgery went well. The ablation was in the left side of Bethany’s heart which they were not expecting. Doing an ablation in the left side produces an immediate risk of stroke so they stayed in there and monitored her for an extended period of time. THERE IS STILL A RISK OF STROKE, so please pray against this. After the ablation, they tried for a long time to induce the arrhythmia and were unsuccessful which is good. There is a 5% chance that it did not completely correct the arrhythmia and she might need to get a second ablation procedure done. There is also a possibility that her fainting is due to something other than her heart and her heart arrhythmia was simply discovered because of the fainting. So, we thank God for a successful surgery and pray for a quick recovery (we have not been invited back yet to see her). Please also pray that this will fix her fainting spells as well. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR PRAYERS!!

UPDATE 4 - With regards to her Ablation procedure on the 24th, please pray that it is a complete success and that there will be no need for a pacemaker.

UPDATE 3 - June 15: Bethany is back home with a heart monitor. Since she has continued to pass out, we have to be careful to escort her wherever she goes to be able to catch her if she faints. Please pray for an end to the fainting and for healing, even as we plan the waiting game for the upcoming procedure on the 24th.

UPDATE 2 - June 14: thanks for all your prayers! Bethany was scheduled for the heart procedure on June 24. Unfortunately, she has continued passing out so she has now been admitted into the hospital (Washington Regional). We are awaiting the cardiologist to see if things should and can get moved up.

UPDATE 1 - June 13: She has been diagnosed as having WPW syndrome, it's an electrical issue with her heart that is  treatable by an Ablation. This is a surgical procedure sending a cable into the heart that basically burns the "extra wire" there that is causing the problem. The "plumber" Heart doctor was very positive about it. The "electrician" Heart doctor was more cautious and said that, due to the area of the procedure, there is a significant risk of needing a pacemaker due to both "wires" being so close together. There is a high success rate of the issue being permanently cured as well. We did get a second opinion from our friend Dr. Ted Fish, who heads up the Cardiology here. They are all pretty urgent about the procedure being done because of how often she is passing out and the EKGs.

They don't want her driving or being on her own at all until this procedure is done. If she passes out many more times, they would want to put her in the hospital until the procedure can be done. We are waiting to find out how soon that can be done but they are putting it on the fast track.  It looks like the earliest they are able to schedule the procedure is July 10 but they are going to see if it can be done on June 24th.  Please pray that it can be done sooner rather than later and pray that the Ablation will be a success with no complications resulting in a need for a pacemaker.

Heading to the NAVAJO RESERVATION in Tuba City, Arizona

Ken and Tanja and their younger five are driving out to Tuba City, Arizona. It has been 25 years since Ken started bringing teams from California to serve and share God’s love on the reservation. They joined the great work of missionaries Paul and Ann Ghee. One of the first locals they connected with was a young teen named Eric Kee. Ken was blessed to baptize Eric in the cold Colorado river near the Grand Canyon. Ken remembers he and Paul praying that Eric would one day lead the church here in Tuba City and God answered that prayer. Eric and his wife Tracy live in Tuba City with the children and are full-time ministers with Tuba City Church of Christ. They are supported by the church that Ken and Tanja go to now! Some of the leaders of those mission trips from California as well as one of the “youth” and Ann Ghee will join together to, once again, serve and share in Tuba City with the Kees.

ERIC AND KEN NOW and THEN (25 years ago)

ERIC AND KEN NOW and THEN (25 years ago)

PLEASE BE IN PRAYER FOR THIS TRIP:

  • Pray that we will be an encouragement to the Kees family and their great ministry there, as well as the other leaders and believers who are part of the church there.

  • Paul Ghee passed away when we were in Albania, this will be our first time to see Ann since then, please pray that we can be a blessing to her as well.

  • Pray for the Shackelfords and others for safe travels to Arizona and back home.

  • Ken will be speaking Sunday morning there, pray that God will speak through him clearly!

  • Pray for the Navajo people, that they will all come to know the love of the Father God for them and the saving power of Jesus.

Prayer for the Leong family's BIG MOVE

The Leong family are moving from California to Maine. CLICK HERE for their update about this. Below are the prayer requests that you will also find in their update.

From the Leong family:

We’d really appreciate your prayers for our move:

  • we would love prayers that we find a house before the school year begins

  • pray that we connect with a church family in Bangor that can also be a base of support for our ministry

  • please also pray that we find a niche in our community where we can serve God in our daily lives.

  • This is a big change for all of us, and particularly Ezra, so please be praying for our adjustment as we say goodby to California and likely experience some culture shock upon arriving in Maine.

  • The Leongs would love to pray for you too! Please remember you can comment below!

Perspectives in Searcy

As I’ve shared before, Shelby has recruited a team to help get the Perspectives Study Program (www.perspectives.org) to Searcy for the first time ever. Stage One is to get at least 3 partner churches to work together to host it. This is a great opportunity to promote unity in the Kingdom but is also a challenge in an area where the churches don’t have much history of working well together. (though that’s changing, praise God!)

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Please join us in Thanksgiving that we now have two official partner churches: Fellowship Bible Church and Downtown Church of Christ. Please pray for at least one more church to partner with us so we can move forward with plans for the PSP this coming spring, 2020! Please also join us in praise for a great team that has come together to help Shelby make it happen!

Heading Back to Columbia, MO

I will be teaching Perspectives Lesson 11, “Building Bridges of Love”, at Compass Evangelical Free Church in Columbia, Missouri Sunday Evening, April 14. Please pray for God to speak through me. Please pray for God to present some “divine connections” for His Kingdom work through Lumenations. And, as always, pray for my road trip and for Tanja and the kids while I am away.

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FOR THOSE OF YOU SEEING THIS AFTER THE FACT: Please pray for all of the connections I have made these past few months from my various speaking opportunities.

Pray for Unity

Please pray for a great worldwide movement of God that unites Jesus followers - just as Jesus prayed. Scriptures say the prayers of a righteous man are powerful and effective. Who is more righteous than Jesus himself? I believe His prayer in John 17 WILL come to pass. May we join Him in His prayer.

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” ~ Jesus - John 17:20-23

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” ~ Jesus - John 17:20-23

Pray for North Africa

My friend Roy Moran is on the board of several mission agencies. He is, like us, passionate about reaching the unreached and sparking Disciple-making movements. He asked me to do an update on a video sketch focusing on unreached peoples in North Africa. Here is a link to it - posted on our “The Story” blog. Would you watch this and pray for the unreached peoples listed?

Click on the pic to go to the video or click on “The Story” up in the menu bar.

Click on the pic to go to the video or click on “The Story” up in the menu bar.