Saturday, February 25, 2006

Christ's Kingdom Ministries March Newsletter

Dear Prayer Partners:
This New Year is off to an awesome start! We have been home since November 1, 2005. The Lord has kept us very busy with appointments and opportunities to share His Word and His message. Since January 1 we have added a new adopted daughter to our family and have spent several hours with her and her husband sharing the love of Jesus and His wisdom as they have sought help in dealing with different situations in their lives. What a joy to see folks embrace the Word of God and to also learn how to hear Father’s voice and to be obedient! In Revelation 3:20 Jesus says “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If any man hear My voice and open the door, I will come in to him and sup with him, and he with Me.” We made a list early in January of those we needed to contact about what the Lord is doing in their lives. We began inquiring concerning a convenient time and for several weeks we had appointments every day usually at our favorite restaurant eating great cooking and talking about God’s goodness in our lives and in their lives. It is amazing how Father uses these times to His honor and glory. Many are dealing with marital issues that need much prayer and a word of encouragement. Some are dealing with job issues and ministry needs. Many have situations that are burdensome with their children and loved ones. There is so much happening in the lives of God’s children right now. The spiritual warfare is very evident in the lives of believers. Why does the enemy attack so heavily? It is because God’s children choose to walk with the Lord in their daily lives and the enemy is very upset about this. He comes to steal, kill and destroy and if he can tear down marriages, parent/child relationships and the family unit he has succeeded in his quest. In Ephesians 6:12 it says: “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Spiritual warfare is very real! This world is in turmoil and the only thing that will make a difference is God’s people on their knees praying for not only our President and government leaders but also for our pastors and ministry leaders. A large part of this ministry is prayer. In 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 it says: “Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” Father has given us thousands to pray for each week and we take that responsibility very serious. Every day we pray for over 1400 people. One night we were so late getting home that we considered waiting until morning to pray but we knew the responsibility the Lord had given us so we went through our prayer list. Afterwards the Lord told us that we had people on our prayer list that would not have lived until morning if we hadn’t prayed. Intercessory prayer is vital! Just last week we attended a pastor’s conference with a missionary couple. They spent several days in our home as we enjoyed the conference. During the sessions we not only heard the Word of God preached but we met many pastors for the first time. They were from Texas, Pennsylvania and Missouri. We were blessed beyond words as we shared our hearts and lives with these folks. We were given encouragement through the Word of God and through their experiences as His servants. We added several to our prayer list. It is our desire to be an encouragement to them.
Several prayer needs were mentioned during the conference. One of them was for a mission team that had gone to the interior of Mexico. We were told that one of the ladies in the group had become separated from her team and was lost in the wilderness. Most folks do not think of Mexico as cold but in the mountains and away from civilization it does get pretty cold. This lady spent several days lost. We had a season of prayer for her during the conference and continued to pray for her daily. We heard on Sunday afternoon that she had been found alive and unharmed. We rejoiced with the pastor who called and we know that she has an awesome testimony from this experience. We exchanged business cards with many in the group and they are now on our email list as well as prayer list. We were so encouraged by this conference in our role as intercessors and ministry leaders.
During January a precious lady called and asked if we could use more of the Love Bears. We said yes! We had given the majority of the bears away in the last 3 months. After giving 150 for ministry in the Philippines and individual ministry, we had 19 bears left. We received a request for 24 bears for an unwed mother’s home in Minnesota. I called the lady and asked if she could make the 5 bears that were needed for the unwed mother’s home. Praise the Lord! She not only made the 5 bears needed but she and her family have now given us over 200 bears. We have been asked to supply bears for an orphanage in India and one in China so we are gathering bears for those outreaches. While the missionaries to Mexico were with us, we talked about the ministry of the bears and when they left they took 2 bags of bears (14 bears) with them. We praise the Lord for these outreach opportunities.
We are so excited about 2006. The Lord continues to show us His provision and His love through the contacts we have made and continue to make daily. Many people are looking at our blog and desire to become a part of this ministry through donations of goods and finances. The blog has information about the bears and other ministry opportunities. During January Charley was led by the Lord to buy 5 cases of English Bibles (100 Bibles). That next week we gave two cases away to a young man who is teaching a Bible Study at a rehab center. He was thrilled! Our missionary friends took one case of the English to use in the hospital and jail ministry. We use what the Lord provides in resources and donations to His Glory!
Thank you dear prayer partners for joining us in what God is doing through Christ’s Kingdom Ministries in 2006! Get excited with us that people are coming to a saving knowledge of Jesus and are giving their lives to the Lord’s service. Let us be faithful to share Jesus where the Lord has placed us in homes, jobs and ministry!
Matthew 28:18-20 says: And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, “All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.” Amen.

Charley & Karen
Christ's Kingdom Ministries Matthew 6:33
P. O. Box 822101
Ft. Worth, Texas 76182