Chaplain Hank and Stephanie Mauterer give a short interview introducing their family, their ministry, and some of the experiences God has dealt them. These are some of the Chaplains that are currently ministering around the nation who have been commended to full time work as chaplains. Click HERE for more information.Read More
Dr. Kenneth V. Botton, originally hails from North Hollywood, California. After high school, he attended the University of New Mexico as an NROTC Scholarship recipient and received his Navy Commission upon graduation in December 1971. Dr. Botton’s military career spanned almost 23 years and he saw service as both a line officer and a Chaplain. His assignments include...Read More
Are you familiar with the Iron Sharpens Iron Conference? It is hosted at Emmaus Bible College and will be held this year from May 24 - May 27. It's now open for registration, I highly encourage you to take advantage of it. Like many other conferences, you will have the opportunity to enjoy strong biblical teaching, fellowship, and encouragement from your brothers and sisters in Christ as you share what the Lord is doing in each others lives. I'll share a video below as an example of some of the people you can meet and speak to at these types of conferences. It's a video we have put together to raise awareness of the Stewards Ministry Chaplaincy Program.
Keep an eye out here for upcoming interviews from some of these commended workers and in the mean time go to www.isi.emmaus.edu and register you and your family.
We've been notified of a major ongoing expense that a commended worker is dealing with for one of their children. This is not an expense that will end any time soon. If the Lord leads you to give to this specific worker need you can do so in the link below.
As we look at whats going on with natural disasters today and the devastation that is happening so widely. We continue to lift our brothers and sisters up before the Lord. We want them to to be strengthened with His strength as they face the devastation of their homes and communities and we want to encourage them as we're able.
If you're looking for a way to help support Assemblies that have sustained damage in the path of Hurricane Harvey, Feel free to text "DISASTER" to our 2COR9 Number 650-516-4501 where it will lead you through giving via your phone.
Also you can visit our hub HERE, follow the instructions then click on "assembly disaster relief" in the drop down menu in order to give online. Let us know if you have any questions.Read More
The Glory Of The Cross
December 27th to December 30th
Check-in Starts: Wed., Dec.27th, 2017 at 2:00pm
First General Session: Wed., Dec. 27th, 2017 at 7:30pm
Conference Closing: Sat., Dec. 30th, 2017 at 11:00am
16 seminars that deal with the practical issues of our day.
2 seminars exclusively for women.
3 seminars exclusively for young people.
Embassy Suites & Convention Center
1200 Conference Center Blvd. Murfreesboro, TN, 37129 USA
30 mins. from central Nashville, TN
General Session Speakers
Alan Gamble - Glasgow, Scotland
Nate Bramsen - North Africa
Keith Keyser - Birdsboro, PA
All deluxe rooms are 2 room suites. Upgraded ballrooms, break-out rooms, and board rooms; large open (10 storey) atrium; indoor pool and spa, fitness room; casual dining and coffee shop in the atrium.
Children’s Program (ages 5-12)
Children can enjoy the program and their own menu planned just for them!
Come for a time of fun and fellowship with a message just for you!
Feel free to bring board games, song books, guitars, etc., for this time!
See http://bibleconferences.org/ for more information and to register.
August 2017 Dear Supporters, Volunteers, and Friends of Life’s Key Ministry,
The desire of this ministry, from the beginning, has been to provide as many men and women with God’s word as possible, so it’s such an encouragement any time we can see God helping us grow. I have felt since joining Life’s Key that we have the ability to handle a larger student population, but especially recently because of a number of reasons, of which I will point out a couple.
First, we have a wonderful group of volunteers who are willing to go the extra mile when more work comes in! Also, now that we have started to have students complete our redesigned answer sheets, each exam will soon only have two thought questions for our course counselors to answer, as opposed to six or seven. This means we can send them more exams without it adding time to the process.
Second, the overwhelming response to the Course Sponsorship Program. I continue to be grateful for how the Lord has used it to get people excited about being involved, praying for our students, and providing us major help in covering the cost for the courses we purchase. Thank you to all those that have already renewed their sponsorship for another year!
This past month, the Lord provided an answer to our prayer for growth. We have stepped in to help another ministry in need, and have worked with Emmaus to assume responsibility of sending courses to those incarcerated in Alabama. It’s an exciting addition for us, and we look forward to providing them with the same scriptural material and guidance received by those in our other nine states.
“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” - Philippians 4:19
“I recently came across one of your study courses. You’ll find it enclosed with this letter with all 12 exams completed. I have a desire to be enrolled in your program.
May the Lord bless each of you at Life’s Key Ministry for your time and efforts making these courses available to us. I believe Jesus’ power changes all it truly touches. Rehabilitation through Jesus Christ and the finished work on the cross. He’s restored, blessed, healed, and brought me through many things throughout my life. I’m a walking miracle with a miraculous testimony for Christ, my Lord and Savior.
I failed Him several times, but then by His grace, He found the lost sheep and carried me to the 90 and 9. Praise His name!” - Dallas (Michigan)
“I want to take this time to thank each and every one of you. You mean so much to me because of your kind words, remarks, and the lovely birthday card. I have six more years to do. Keep me in prayer as I do for you.” - Arthur (New York)
For HIS Glory,
Tim Priano, Director
News from Sue August 2017
In my July newsletter, the first story was about a lady that spoke Persian (Farsi). The King of Glory Gospel presentation has just been recorded in Farsi and will soon be available on the Internet! The second story in that letter was about a lady from Morocco. The King of Glory should be recorded in Moroccan Arabic in the next few months!
I don’t often met people from Europe, but the other day I met two people from Europe in one day. The first lady didn’t want a bracelet, so we just talked awhile. I was still holding the tract and bracelet in my hand. She got curious and said, “Yes, I would like to read it.” She was 89 years old and still out on the buses. I could not recognize her accent, so I asked where she was from originally. She said she was from Lithuania and spoke German.
Later that day I was at a grocery store. As I came out to catch the bus, it zoomed by the bus stop. Oh well, I will go back in the store and stay cool. I remembered that I needed some fruit so bought some. As I headed outside I missed the second bus. Well, I better just go sit and wait for the next one. As I sat there I looked at my receipt and noticed they had made a mistake. Even though I saw the third bus coming, I returned to the store. After the lady helped me I gave her a bracelet. On the fourth bus, I met another older lady. I think she said she was 86 years old. She also had an accent. I learned she was from England. She said she would give the bracelet to a little girl in her church. I asked what church she attended and learned it was a church I had visited a couple of times! (They had a sewing group, but I have been too busy to consider joining.) I was glad I was on the bus God had for me to ride that day.
One day recently I saw a man toward the back of the bus who looked like he was wearing a rubber band type Good News bracelet. Then he moved his other hand where I could see it, and on the other hand was one of my bracelets. I don’t often see people wearing them later.
I missed the #4 bus, but had a nice opportunity with a lady on the next bus. Then I just missed the #15 bus. When the bus did not arrive in 15 minutes I realized it was the time in the afternoon when the bus switches to every 30 minutes. So, I had a long wait, but it was cloudy so not too hot. On the next bus, I did have several good opportunities including a family with three school aged children. It was a long day, I was on 7 buses, but I gave out 20 bracelets.
Today my order of King of Glory cards arrived. Also, a 1,000 business-sized cards to go with the bracelets. I decided to design the cards instead of a new tract. These cards have three verses and direct people to a place on the Internet to read the Gospel of John. If I learn they do not use the Internet, and do not have a Bible in their home, then I have Gospels of John to give to them.
Thank you for praying!
Editorial: The Windows of Heaven
Higgins, A. J.
Tribute: Neal and Alice Thomson
What is Truth? (2)
Failure in Convictions (2)
Go Ye Into All the World: Australia
The Assembly, Figuratively Speaking (7): What’s a Body to Do?
Assembly Hymn Writers: Him There!
Assembly Hymn Writers: Isaiah 53
Q&A Forum: Vengeance
The Gospel in Genesis: The First Refugee
Christian Workers Fellowship Fund, Inc. was establishedin 1957 as a tax exempt corporation to help provide the needs of Assembly commended workers in the United States and Canada, as the Lord provides. 2017 marks 60 years of CWF service.
The affairs of CWF are managed by a board of directors which serves without remuneration.
All gifts of money that are received from donors for commended workers are disbursed to commended workers. Only gifts given specifically for the office operations are used for office operations. CWF does not take a percentage of worker funds to pay for office operations.
All donors receive a tax deductible receipt as provided in section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code described in section 501 (c) (3).
All workers who receive $600 or more through CWF, at the end of the year receive a 1099 tax form as dictated by the IRS.
Present Board of Directors:
President Robert Rockhold
Vice-President Kenneth Keane
Secretary John Scollon
Treasurer Ronald Spragg
Board member Todd Ericson
We would like to welcome Todd Ericson to the CWF board. Todd Ericson has replaced Rosa Lea Williams who retired from the CWF board of directors after 29 years of service.
2016 CWF FINANCIAL REPORT (JAN 1 – Dec 31, 2016)
Received for Workers $ 1,844,281.36
Received for Office Exp. 33,763.00
Total Disbursed to workers $ 1,908,010.46
Total Office expenses 29,192.75
Actual Office expenses = 1.55% of total donations
Brothers and sisters in Christ, there is a commended worker need that has come to our attention. One of our brothers in Christ who has been commended to full time Lord's work has a medical need. After a bad fall, he has been told that he will need rotator cuff surgery. The cost is being estimated at more than 15,000 dollars.
If you would like to participate in meeting this need
TEXT: "MEDICAL" to 650-516-4501
To find out more about the 2COR9 project go to assemblycare.org/2cor9
Dear Supporters, Volunteers, and Friends of Life’s Key Ministry,
Last month I celebrated 3 years with Life’s Key. How quickly the time has gone! So much has happened in that time, but our goal to reach as many current and ex-offenders with the Gospel and truth contained in God’s Word remains the same. Please keep us in prayer as we continue to look for new avenues and opportunities. I will be attending the Pennsylvania chaplains conference in May, and hope to make some good connections and gain some additional help in promoting the ECS courses to those incarcerated in our home state.
Please also keep me in prayer as I continue to look for new opportunities to share Life’s Key and the Course Sponsorship Program. I was in New York last month, and am so thankful that the Lord led people in two different churches to sponsor 5 more of our courses! The total is now up to 54 out of 82, which puts us almost two thirds of the way to having every course sponsored and every inmate being prayed for. God is good, and God is working! I will be travelling to New Jersey this month, and am thankful for the invitation to share what the Lord is doing with some fellow believers there.
Below is one of the most wonderful letters I have received. It’s a great account of how someone can come across our courses, and how God can use that message and the work of our volunteers to change a life. It was a great encouragement to hear the difference it has made for him!
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” - Matthew 5:6
“Thank you so much for the kind letter and your organization’s diligence to keep track of me through my journeys of incarceration and bible study! I appreciate the prayers and concern each one of your ministry members has for us every day. It is truly a blessing.
I have a new location and expect to remain here for some time if not for the duration of my sentence. I want to share with you a bit about the effectiveness of your bible study to share with your staff.
First of all, I started the courses from discovering one laying on a table with no owner. I picked it up and read through it. Reading just a few pages, I knew it was something I needed to grow in my personal relationship with Jesus, so I requested my first lessons. Secondly, I began the coursework and received not only the certificates, but the personalized responses to my test sheets. This was uplifting and motivating in a way I can barely express properly. Third, receiving new books with lessons became exciting and has built my personal relationship with Jesus in such a way that others around me began asking for your enrollment information.
So it is with great sincerity and a humble heart that I say thank you to EVERYONE at Life’s Key and ECS Ministries for all your efforts and prayers. They truly make a difference in people’s lives, both in and out of jail or incarceration.
Your most humble servant in Christ Jesus, peace, love, and grace.” - Chad (Virginia)
For HIS Glory,
Tim Priano, Director
Higgins, A. J.
The Continuance of Assembly Testimony in the 21st Century (2)
A Christian Worldview: Postmodernism
Go Ye Into All the World: Angola
The Person of Christ (37) : Consequences of His Death (14)
Stewardship of Giving: Resources
Assembly Truth (2): Ideals of an Assembly
Women of the Bible: Prophettesses
Q&A Forum: Invasion by Gog
Q&A: Date of Malachi
The Gospel in Genesis: The First Invitation
BLOOM NEWSLETTER 2/13/2017
Dear praying friends,
We are well into the third quarter of school. We now have 69 students. The girls BB team is undefeated in league play. The boys just won their first game so we are all excited. The tournament is two weeks away. We missed two days because of muddy roads in January but not much moisture recently although it is raining some today.
We still have not heard from the inspector from last year. We are not really complaining, but until she comes we have to be extra vigilant to be ready. Sounds somewhat like how Christians should be about the Lord’s return. Thanks to all who keep us in your prayers for a good outcome.
We are in need of a different bus – pray God will lead us to just the right one. I am looking on Ebay at one that ends tomorrow. Also, we will need a first grade teacher for next year. Jen Mullen is filling in this year but really would rather teach art next year – her area of expertise. Pray God will send just the right person to fill that need.
We need more housing at the mission. We are prayerfully starting two new building projects to meet that need. One is a remodel of a former classroom into a one bedroom apartment. The other is a large two story building that can be a guest house and team house as well as a residence. We have lots of people interested in helping the mission in very practical ways so we expect to see quick progress on these projects.
Ruth has been sick with a bad cold (very persistent cough) for 5 days now. Please pray for her to regain strength and health.
One of our Navajo elders passed away two weeks ago. His death was rather sudden although he was in his 80’s. The other Navajo elder is also in his 80’s and not in good health. Pray God will raise up young Navajo men to fill this void. We have several young men attending the chapel but they are also young believers. We already see some stepping up to take more responsibility.
Continue to pray God will meet the needs of the school food program. We are no longer on the federal school lunch program. It costs about $175 per day – serving about 150 meals per day. Pray also God will continue to provide funds that allow us to hire some local Navajo believers for work at the mission – janitor, cook, librarian and teacher’s aide. This runs about $900 per week. God is faithful. Bus repairs is another major expense as we have to keep four buses running. The roads are very bumpy right now because of all the mud.
We thank you for your prayers and support. We are enjoying God’s blessing and feel God is at work – especially with the changes in the church. Will be fun to see what He does.
John and Ruth Bloom
If you're not familiar with Emmanuel Missions, please see the movie below
February 17, 2017
Dear Partners in Prayer
As you look through the prayer list from your church or fellowship it is relatively easy to categorize the extensive concerns to which prayer is applied. We appreciate the one who knows the family of God at a certain location and perhaps the more extensive family scattered around the globe. These faithful informers serve the church by putting before us the needs that come to them or that they solicit from family and friends. We receive many of them and are grateful for a window into churches where we have ministry from time to time. Sometimes it is the only personal peek we have between visits. Many missionaries send us letters asking for prayer for ministry issues and challenges they face serving the Lord.
May I suggest you stop and consider grouping together the same kinds of needs that are presented for prayer? Without doubt medical conditions are the greatest exercise for the family of God for each other on a corporate prayer list. Sometimes that is the only thing on the list. Cancer and surgery top the list of these needs. It may be that on most lists the second is help for problems in life like job, children, travel, finances, tests, safety etc. A third area is basically to escape from any difficulty, trial, problem or any other untoward thing that might arise in the occupation of daily living as a Christian. It might be simply phrased by asking the Lord to make our life as easy, simple, uneventful, painless, trouble free and quick as possible. Perhaps immediate deliverance from whatever is affecting us adversely is a good summary.
The scriptures are clear there are three aspects which should direct our prayers. One is the ministry of the Holy Spirit, second the will of God, and third the Word of God. Not only is that clear but the record of the prayers of Paul indicate that his primary concern in prayer was the spiritual growth of believers in various churches he wrote. Though he mentions those who are sick he does not generally pray for them to be healed. James does urge folks to pray for healing in the context of sins having affected the health of the one being prayer for. Perhaps we might enquire if poor health is the result of sin before we pray for healing? Paul did pray three tims for the removal of the “thorn in the flesh” whatever it was.
That in itself brings up the most comprehensive issue for prayer which is preeminent in NT prayers but usually lacking in our prayers. When did we last see a prayer request for spiritual development, growth, overcoming strength, courage, fortitude, spiritual maturity, wisdom, appropriation of resources, appreciation of Christ? Why is it always escape from the very things God uses to bring maturity, wisdom, growth, strength and knowledge of Christ and His Word?
We often pray against the will of God as He reveals “If any one suffer according to the will of God…” We pray against the Word of God which says, “In the world you will have tribulation…” Let us return to the biblical pattern of praying personally for the spiritual maturity of those we know and love. Our Lord prayed not that His followers would be taken out of the world and its influences but that we, like Him, would overcome the world. The same Lord prayed for His weak disciple, Peter, not that a hedge would be built around him or that he would not be tempted but the “his faith would not fail” in the throes of spiritual temptation that was coming to him.
We appreciate your praying for our safety, the supply of our needs, the usefulness of our ministry and many other issues you bring before the throne of Grace. We are grateful when you pray for our spiritual maturity, the appropriation of the riches of His divine grace and that we will grow up into the fullness of His image in a world that desperately needs to see Christ in our lives.
As you pray you can refer to the list of ministry opportunities in the near future for us at the bottom of the page. A few changes have been made for some dates in the rest of the year but nothing momentous. Much of next year has also been booked in the will of God. Your prayers for these arrangements are always appropriated because they are a source of concern that we will be where He wants us to be that far in advance.
We do continue with many varying ministries here at home including weddings, funerals, counseling, teaching, visiting, bible studies, hospitality, many emails and phone calls offering help in different issues. Your bathing these responsibilities in your prayers give us a sense of confidence in the Lord we love and why we continue
Serving the greatest Master
Fred and Jenny
Several years ago Ann Bjorlie was burdened to start a discipleship program for young women. Her vision was to inspire and prepare them to serve God where He has placed them, with the gifts He has given them. Since 2010, Ann has welcomed many young women into her life and home, exposing them to the example and wisdom of godly women in all stages of life.
The program runs for two weeks, beginning with ice-breaker games and a light supper on the first Sunday, and concluding with a debrief brunch on the final Saturday. The program is nonstop learning and hands on application of many spiritual and practical skills. The first week starts out with two long days learning how to study the Bible. Kathy Morell leads these sessions, alternating lectures with practice study sessions, emphasizing the online resource, eSword. Kathy’s session is then built upon by Bernadette Veenstra, as she teaches how to share what you’ve learned studying the Bible, by teaching children’s Bible clubs. Kathy Holiday teaches a session on the ministry and practice of hospitality and cooking for crowds. Days are spent cooking, and then hosting a community supper.
Testimonies and life stories are shared, by older and younger, married and single women. A five day Bible club is led by the attendees. We pray together and sing together and laugh together. One young woman teaches how to share the gospel, using paint board techniques. An older woman shares her life story of being a missionary and also tips for visiting nursing homes. A variety of gifts and callings are modeled, skills are taught and practiced. Discipleship happens in the Bjorlie home, alongside the normal every day tasks of housekeeping, child rearing and cooking.
Two weeks seems hardly enough time to impart all the info or to take it all in!
Many young women have been through the program, and we are praying about the young women who will attend this year. We are praying for cleared schedules and prepared hearts. Discipleship and following the Lord always incur sacrifice. That is no less true when attending the In Tents Discipleship Program. But, following the Lord and discipleship is also very rewarding. No one will leave In Tents unchanged. Skills will be learned, life long friendships will be made.
The dates for In Tents 2017 are Sunday, June 18 through Saturday, July 1. We are very excited about what God will do in our lives and in the lives of every woman involved. Please prayerfully consider joining us yourself or encouraging a young woman to attend. This is a faith ministry and our attitude has always been, “freely you have received, freely give.” We do accept gifts, but we do not charge the young women for their training.
To ensure your spot in the program, apply early!
Assembly Missions Survey
In an effort to understand the current missions’ climate among U.S. assemblies, together with its challenges and opportunities, CMML is considering the following question: Is the view of missions changing among U.S. assemblies? Please help by taking this brief, 2-minute survey.
Your feedback is very valuable! Click here to take the survey.
[Note: Please only participate if you are from a United States assembly. Thank you!]
Vessels of Honor will be held May 26-29, 2017 on the campus of Park
University in Parkville, MO. The theme this year is Living Out the NT Church
Speakers this year are John Heller, Randy Hoffman and Warren Henderson with
additional seminars provided by Bill and Carol Moore, Hannah Kelderman,
Scott DeGroff and Andrew Hawkinson.
Registration will be open soon.
kjk note: Click on the links below to download audio from past conferences