|RICH AND CHERRY SMITH
Rich and Cherry live in Antigua, a city at the base of the Fuego Volcano which has been erupting violently in the past week. The city is, in fact, situated at the south end of an arc of six or more volcanoes with the most southerly, Pacaya, also erupting. One Guatemalan source says the lava and ash erupting from Fuego onto villages on its slopes registers 700-900 degrees centigrade. Smiths write, “Our hearts are very heavy as this situation continues to deteriorate… Our church (Calvary Chapel, Antigua) has been working so hard all week to understand the best ways to help, the right places to go, the relief items more urgently needed and most of all, to be able to pray with and offer encouragement and hope in Jesus!” Because of continuous eruptions, it is difficult to get to the people in most need of help…the loss and need are staggering. Adding to the problem, thunderstorms in the area may generate deadly mudslides. Pray for Smiths, Calvary Chapel and other evangelical churches trying to bring the help and the hope of Jesus to the uncounted thousands living through this awfulness.
|AL AND TARA MAYHAK
|Al and Tara praise God that one of the churches they work with, Belmont Bible Fellowship, has acquired a facility for worship. Pray as they update that and the rooms they use for weekday ministry. Another church, One Redeemer, continues to grow with another new family ‘settling into fellowship’. Pray with Al as he prepares lessons for his Year 7 Scripture classes (in public school) and ask God to make students’ hearts receptive. Ask God to give Al and Tara ‘polite boldness’ as they share the gospel, seeking to challenge men and women to consider its importance. They are presently witnessing to Karl and Ulla, Jess, Mario, Rosemary and John. Also ask God to enrich the fellowship they’ll share with daughter Anna, son-in-law Jeff and baby Tara when they visit in early July.|
|TWIN LAKES CAMP
|Twin Lakes summer camping season is up and running! All the months of preparation have given the camp a full staff of trained counselors. Director Jon Beight says, “Once again we are rejoicing in the quality of counselors God has given us.” The counselors received special training in the process of making disciple-makers out of the campers. Beight says, “…this fulfills the Biblical mandate of the Great Commission, but it (also) allows us to give practical training that will be applicable for the rest of the counselors’ lives.” In May, before official camping season opened, there was only one day when the camp didn’t have a group in residence. Some of the groups were from local schools giving unchurched kids in the area exposure to a Christian camp. Other schools held baccalaureate services giving camp staff the opportunity to present a Christian message to graduates. Many WBC children will be at Twin Lakes this summer. Pray that the experience they get will introduce them to the Savior and develop their walk with Christ.|