Monday, March 29, 2010

7th Heaven Children's Haven ** Special prayer request

*** Funding is a real issue and the family do not have their own home at the moment. Please pray for provision.***
The J-Bay Baptist Church is coming alongside in a very real way with the Let us tell you a little about this place of safety, love and restoration for vulnerable children.

Nelly Senong is pictured below left, and is the house mother. From her teenage years Nelly felt that God would call her to work with children – but where?
Following 6 years of teaching and waiting in expectation for a call to the Congo or somewhere, Nelly realised she must not expect a particular thing, just wait. Sure enough she woke one morning knowing that what was on the radio right then was for her, but she had missed catching it! Badgering the radio station, she discovered it was a call from the Eagle’s Nest church in J Bay for a counsellor so off Nelly set on the bus, not even knowing where J Bay was till after she bought the ticket! Nelly soon however found herself working with homeless children, her first love and calling.
From a tiny house in Pellsrus, prayer led to the Lord’s provision of the house where the haven now is. However, things have not run smoothly with various management structures coming and going, and for the last couple of years, Nelly found herself without assistance and without a home church. However, God led her to the Baptist Church, and over the time she and the children have been coming here, people have really taken them into the church family and into their hearts.
The church has formed a little committee to assist with admin and finance, and this will eventually lead to a more formal structure to assist with funding appeals and so on.
Meanwhile, the church has launched a grocery appeal. Whilst the church does buy groceries as part of its outward tithing, this does not go very far in a big household! Please do purchase an extra item when you do your grocery shop, whether weekly or monthly, and place it in the box in the church foyer, a bright yellow box – you can’t miss it! There are hardly any funds coming into this Haven from grants, so these groceries are badly needed. If you wish to confirm which items are needed, please speak to Irene Bradley of our church, or to Nelly Senong, the house mother.
First National Bank Jeffreys Bay
Branch code: 210515
Account name: 7th Heaven Trust
Account number: 62227513969
Business cheque account.

Monday, March 1, 2010

pray for our leadership

Consider this prayer when you feel like grumbling about the leaders in your church:

'Good Shepherd,
Thank you for my church leaders, lay and ordained.
Thank you that you have called and equipped them.
Thank you for their vision, love and service.
Show me how I can serve them as they serve you.
Help me to submit to their authority without grumbling or complaining.
Help me to encourage and strengthen them in their ministry as they lead us in ministry.
Touch their hearts and heal them in every way.
Stir their hearts and embolden them.
Soothe their hearts and give them your peace.
Lead them into your presence and grant them wisdom and anointing to lead us.
I ask this so that your light will shine in and through every part of your Church.