NEO Team Update 7-19-18
If I do as Jesus asked and pray for laborers for the harvest, do I understand that He was asking people for thousands of years to pray for me? Am I willing to be an answer to their prayers?
And he (Jesus) said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. (Luke 10:2 ESV)
The Value of Encouragement
When Jackie Robinson, the first African-American to play major league baseball, was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers, he became a target for racial hate mail and even death threats. Before one game, Robinson received a threatening phone call that left him so shaken that he was unable to concentrate on the game.
Robinson struck out in one inning with bases loaded. In another inning, he committed a fielding error. The crowd screamed obscenities at him. A time-out was called and the Dodger shortstop, Pee Wee Reese, walked up to the shaken Robinson, put his arm around him, and said: “Jackie, you are the greatest ballplayer I have ever seen. You can do it. And I know something else. One of these days you are going into the Hall of Fame. So, hold your head up high, and play ball like only you can do it.”
Robinson went on to deliver a game-winning hit for his team.
Many years later, Robinson recalled the incident when he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. He said of Pee Wee Reese: “He saved my life and my career that day. I had lost my confidence, and Pee Wee picked me up with his words of encouragement. He gave me hope when all hope was gone.”
One of the marks of the church should be our generous encouragement for one another! Who needs your encouragement today?
Raising Highly Capable Kids – July 27
Search Institute has undertaken decades of research with more than 5 million children and found that there are 40 building blocks every child needs to grow and mature. And the more of these assets a child has in her life, the more likely she is to engage in healthy behaviors while veering away from those that are unhealthy. Raising Highly Capable Kids is a 13-week curriculum that is based on the Search Institute’s research.
As Christians concerned with serving our community, we also see this curriculum as a great way to serve parents and schools. We welcome principals, teachers, pastors, business people and anyone interested to come find out more about how we can bring this training to Oklahoma. We will meet at SNU Tulsa, near 105th and Memorial, on July 27th, 2:00–3:30pm.
I Want to Celebrate. . .
David Stevens, Vinita. . . God blessed our Church in May ’18. He helped us with another funeral of a dear older member. We have a new LED Sign installed and working. Our people are responding to God’s leading in their lives in many ways. One member shared, “When the Pastor urged us to tell our story to a lost person I thought, ‘I never get the chance to talk to strangers.’ Not very long after that a fellow worker came to me and asked me how I was so successful in life. I was able to tell him that once I got myself right with God everything started working out in my life.”
Georgina Lopez, Tulsa Cielos Abiertos. . . We celebrated Mother’s Day by having our children decorate candles and showing mothers how important they are in our lives. We also had a Men’s Spiritual Retreat with some of our Hispanic Ministry and many people were transformed and reconciled with the Lord. Our youth had their first summer activity. They went to Eagle Bluff Resort to float the river and they had a blast.
Jim Thornton, Tulsa Hills. . . God is faithful! We are continuing to raise money for HVAC and flooring updates in our worship center.
Otoniel Dannemann, Tulsa Fuente de Vida. . . We had a retreat for new believers and we had 23 and God was moving strongly in this time.
Yalmi & Norma Izaguirre, Tulsa Regency Iglesia. . . We praise the Lord because we had a retreat at Camp Bond and had a good time with our congregation.
Austin Troyer, Tahlequah. . . We have embraced an inter-generational dynamic to our Wednesday night Bible study. We have been personally praying for one another as well as bonding in fellowship with our brothers and sisters in Christ both young and old. Our board is in prayer that the district advance this year will open up new possibilities for ministry leadership, outreach, and discipleship.
Ronnie Baker, Tulsa Audacity. . . Mother’s Day was a blast. We hosted a breakfast at Audacity where the men of our house prepared all the breakfast, served their spouses and kids. We made it a day to celebrate all women as we have moms without kids and single women. It was a huge success. We also had Daddy Daycare! We had all men serving in all areas of kid’s ministry so moms could enjoy the Mother’s Day service. Ashlee and I co-preached to moms on the challenge and value of living emptied lives.
I Want to Celebrate. . .
Georgina Lopez, Tulsa Cielos Abiertos. . . We had a youth service with all the Hispanic churches and we had a full house. We had a good group of youth praising the Lord. Some adults came to help out and supervise. We could really feel the presence of the Lord in this place.
Carl Brown, Hominy. . . God is reaching out in our community, thank you Jesus — keep us strong and intentional to outreach and grace. We Love Jesus.
David Stevens, Vinita. . . The small group is doing very well. We are working to raise our evangelistic temperature. PALCON was a great blessing and help for our Pastors. The Ministry committee has planned our Fall calendar and we have activities designed to reach out to our community.
Fabian Correa, Owasso Silver Creek Iglesia. . . We celebrate our first three baptisms of our church!
Jim Thornton, Tulsa Hills. . . I`m thankful for the financial support in some updating projects this month. We celebrate that one person came to the Lord through lifestyle evangelism and a teen through youth camp!
Cushing. . . Starting July 1st Pastor Mark Smith will be co-pastoring our church with the Drumright church. Praise God for lifting our people up and keeping us faithful.
Ronnie Baker, Tulsa Audacity. . . Summer at Audacity! Attendance is down but morale is high. Summer at Audacity means each week following service we have something fun for families to take part in. So far we’ve had Fanta soda Sunday with all the flavors, on Father’s Day we did Root Beer Sunday, we’ve also had popsicle Sunday. It gives people an opportunity to hang out a bit after church. And the kids are asking every Sunday morning what is happening after church!
Otoniel Dannemann, Tulsa Fuente de Vida. . . In this month 5 made a decision to give their lives to Jesus.
Yalmi & Norma Izaguirre, Tulsa Regency Iglesia. . . We are working to connect with our community to share the Gospel. Celebrating our 7th anniversary as a ministry.
Jordan Serracino, Davenport. . . We have had several new young families return to worship and they bring a tremendous amount of energy and excitement.
Melissa King, Chelsea Open Doors. . . Our church was broken into but God provided through several sources to replace the money that was stolen. God is doing great things at Chelsea Open Doors Church of the Nazarene.
New Global SDMI Director
The Board of General Superintendents has just announced that Dr. Scott Rainey has been elected by the BGS to serve as the Global Director of Sunday School and Discipleship Ministries International, effective August 1, 2018.
Scott is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene. He has served as the pastor of local churches in Indiana, Missouri, and Texas. In January 2012, Scott, his wife, Jenni, and their two young daughters became missionaries in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). Scott now serves as field strategy coordinator for the CIS, overseeing the work of the church in eight countries. He has helped bring unity to field leadership and implemented a church planting vision and strategy that saw five churches planted in five different countries in 2016. In the past three years, the work of the church has entered two new former Soviet countries, Belarus and Georgia. Plans are in place to open 40 house churches and to begin work in Latvia by the end of 2018.
Scott and Jenni have two daughters, Rebekah Lynn and Sarah Marie. The Raineys will relocate to the Kansas City area.
Congratulations, Chandler Heid!
Chandler Heid, son of Dewey Pastor Joel & Julie Heid, had an exciting end to his senior year. He competed in the Kansas State Track Meet and won 1st place in class 3A Pole Vault with a jump of 15’6”. It was the highest jump for all classes 1A through 6A at the state meet. Chandler is now planning to attend Kansas State University and pole vault for the Wildcats.
New Parking Lot for Mannford
Mannford Grace Family Worship Center is blessed with a beautiful new parking lot.
NEO has three students attending Called: a conference for youth who are called to ministry — Cameron Smith, Trace McAlister, and Morgan Marquis, along with our NYI president, Ryan Amey, at SNU.