FROM KEN: You have read before that, at Lumenations, “ministry comes first”. So, naturally, we are going to take advantage of great ministry opportunities where we are based out of. For the Shackelford family, that means here in Searcy, Arkansas. Though these are local, they have global implications! Here are a few of the things we are doing locally that I would love for you to lift up in prayer.
CONNECTING WITH GOD’S MISSION: This past fall, I was asked to teach a Sunday Morning Bible class at Downtown church (where we attend) on missions. I basically taught the Biblical section of the Perspectives course and it was a really sweet time with about 20 people who attended regularly. I guess it was received well because I was asked to teach it again, this time in the “Family Life Center”, the large multi-purpose room where the church worships on Sundays. This past Sunday was our first one and I was pleasantly suprised with how many came and how many different generations were represented. We had over 70 attend with college age all the way up to retirees and everything in between. Please pray that God would bring everyone He wants to be in this class to attend. Pray that God would open the hearts of everyone taking the class to truly connect with the mission He has created them especially for. Pray that God would speak through me and that I can “practice what I’m preaching”.
PERSPECTIVES SEARCY! - I’m so excited to share that our daughter Shelby has committed to leading the charge to get the course, Perspectives on the World Christian Movement, to Searcy in the spring of 2020! She will be heading up to Kansas City next month to go through the coordinator training. She has already hosted a meeting at our home for a team of PSP alumni who live here. This is the beginning of what will be her coordinating team. Shelby is a graduate student, works as a graduate assistant at Harding University and also has a part-time job taking care of my mom and my parents home. This is a huge undertaking so pray for energy for Shelby! Please also pray for God to provide host churches here. Perspectives only goes into an area where three or more churches (of varying backgrounds) are willing to work together to host it. Please also pray for church leaders who “get it” when it comes to what Perspectives has to offer, who are Kingdom-minded, and who will help promote the course to their members. I will be attending the local ministerial alliance to get that ball rolling. Please pray for a great coordinating team to join Shelby. Finally, please pray that God use this course here as He has in so many other places, to help people understand His Global Purposes and how we can all work together to reach the nations.
THE GATHERING: we attend a church on Sundays but we also want to BE THE CHURCH and gather and worship and pray and dig into God’s Word and live life and be real together with whomever God sends our way. We host something we are calling “The Gathering” and we are meeting on the 1st and 3rd Sunday evenings of the month at our home in our very big room. We have people coming from 4 or 5 different churches and some who aren’t a part of any other church. At our last gathering, we had over 60 there including a boat-load of kids! Would you please pray that God bless this Gathering and do with it what He wills?