Thursday, June 01, 2006

Christ's Kingdom Ministries June Newsletter

Father’s Blessings Will Overtake Us!
Summer is here! All you have to do is go outside for about 5 minutes and you know what season it is. We have had many seasons in our life and each one is very unique and special. We have been in a resting season for the past 6 months. Now that doesn’t mean we have not been busy with ministry because we have added several pastors to our prayer list. During these past few months we sent over 200 Love Bears to India with some dear friends and also sent 70+ bears to China.
We got so excited when we got the email telling us that the bears had arrived safely in China. It took a long time because they were transported by ship. We would love to have been there when
the precious missionaries gave them to the children in the orphanage. We know that the children will experience the love of Jesus through the missionaries love and their bear. Our ministry has become so diversified in these almost 7 years. Father has taken us all over this country by car but He has also taken us all over the world through prayer and the contacts He has given us. Just a week ago we met a precious couple who minister in the Philippines. Soon we will send Love Bears to them as a part of a container of items gathered by several groups. We are already praying for them and the work they are doing. We also visited with another couple who are missionaries to the Philippines who before Christmas took 150 Love Bears to the people of the small villages where they work. They told us that they have given away all of their bears so we will be sending bears with them on their next trip. We see daily answers to our prayers. The Spirit of God is moving mightily drawing people to His throne and we are a part of that movement through prayer and resources. We hope that you are a part of what God is doing around the world. If not you are missing a great blessing!
The face of Christ’s Kingdom Ministries is also changing. Our wonderful car that the Lord gave us in 1996 is not able to travel the long trips anymore. We have 265,000 miles on it and the Lord has kept it going. So we await Father’s provision of a new faithful friend for the next leg of this ministry journey. Father has told us that along with loving and encouraging pastors, sharing the resources He has given us (bears, books and tapes, cross bookmarks, Bibles, etc.), we also will be administering His blessings (material and spiritual) to congregations and pastors. We do not know all that that means but we do know that Father has a plan. We as His ministers are surrendered to Him and trust Him to provide our needs to do His work. During this new season we are stepping out in faith for Father’s will and promises to be accomplished. You have been a source of great encouragement and strength for us. Your prayers have truly been answered as you have prayed for our car, our finances and our health. Some dear ministry friends in Georgia called not long ago and told us that they had been concerned about us. In prayer the Lord responded to them that He had left us home for these months so that we could rest because when we do leave we will be gone a long time. It is interesting that others have told us the same thing as well. Father told them He has much for us to do. That word was such an encouragement for us. Father is in total control of where we are. A scripture that has become vital for ministry today is Deuteronomy 28:1-3 “Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God: Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country.”
If we will obey the voice of the Lord our God, to do all He commands and follow His Word, He will place us where He wants us to touch people’s lives and He will bless the work of our hands and the words we speak. We shall see the fruit of our labors. We don’t know about you but we want Father’s blessings on us. We want the blessings to overtake us and THEY ARE! We want to know that we are walking in faith trusting our Lord moment by moment for His will to be accomplished. We have talked so often about divine appointments in this ministry and another example happened last week. We got a call from some friends about 45 minutes away. They had been given an envelope with a donation for the ministry and they called to let us know. We told them we would come to get it. When we arrived we met a pastor. His name was given to us for prayer about 2 months ago. As we were introduced to him we told him that we had been praying for him and his congregation. He got very excited as we shared what Father has told us to do as we travel and as we meet pastors. We shared together for about 25 minutes and when we left we were blessed and he was blessed. Father had brought us together for that moment in time to bless and encourage this man of faith. Our lives reflect moment by moment the love of Jesus and we know what walking in faith is all about.
We trust our Lord Jesus to do what He has told us He will do. Do you have that kind of faith in your Lord? You may have experienced the salvation gift of Jesus Christ through His death on the cross and His Resurrection but do you walk daily in a personal and intimate relationship with Him reading His Word and prostrating yourself before Him in prayer. Please stay in the Word. The truth is in the Word. Let us encourage you to spend at least 10 minutes a day in the Word and in prayer. Your life will be enriched and encouraged as you deal daily with the issues of life.
We look forward to our next trip. Several things that must happen before we can travel are: a new vehicle and financial provision. This ministry belongs to the Lord and as His ministry, He will provide. So please pray for us to hear His voice and be obedient to His call on our life. God is on His throne! He is faithful! Look at our new website: God bless and keep you!

Charley & Karen