Friday Favorites: Sheryl’s From Ashes To Beauty May 2017 Newsletter

It’s May and things are ‘on the grow,’ including Sheryl’s teaching, training, coaching and counseling ministry. Our April event was a great evening of fun, food and fellowship. At “A Time To Grow” we hosted family, friends and ministry partners at Edwin and Kaye Camp’s Tractor Museum. The farm setting seemed like very fitting place to share how exciting growth is taking place in Sheryl’s ministry.

What a joy to share Sheryl’s 

families, workplaces, ministries and leadership.

(L to R) Bishop Andrew & Ann Marie Bills founders of The Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network, hostess Kaye Camp, Robert & Christine Mc Duff, Sheryl & husband Jim Turner, Carol & Hank Wilcox enjoy the fun of “A Time To Grow.”

(L to R) Pastor Wendell & Lynda Vinson with Carlos & Amy Baldovinos and other friends fellowship at Sheryl’s event with a delicious catered meal by Salty’s Bar-B-Q.

 

 

 

 

…They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.” Isaiah 61:1 & 3

 

 

 

 

– Tami Bettingfield (L) and Cynthia Earnest are graduates of the women’s discipleship program and continue to walk in freedom in Christ.

Grace and Cor Koelewjn minister to children and leaders in Uganda. Sheryl is planning an August trip to assist with teaching and training in Tororo, Uganda. The focus of this trip will be Freed to Lead: Identity-based leadership.

 We can’t continue to grow without your partnership. I am praying for you. Would you pray?

Would you invest, plant and water with me so we can continue to grow?  Thank you so much, Sheryl

Don’t miss our “Unquenchable Faith with Carol Kent” event Monday, September 18, 2017 – Stay Tuned for Details!

 

 

 

Friday Favorites: All Hope Is Ours

All Hope Is Ours

All hope is ours. Really? Yes, that’s right. Because of our position in Christ,

Sometimes it’s kind of hard to believe isn’t it? Hope is a gift God want to give us. How can we find hope? We can begin by expecting it to come our  way. Hope begins to be revived when we ask God to replace our dread and fear with the gift of hope. Abiding in hope is confident expectation for God’s provision. He is our refuge, our joy, our deliverer, our help, our strength and our comfort. Why would we hope in medication or therapy or anything else before we hope in God?

Romans 15:13 says, “Now may the God of HOPE make you full of joy and peace through faith, so that all hope may be yours in the power of the Holy Spirit.”

As we let that verse sink in, we can accept the fact that

God is faithful and will provide for us. I have experienced this firsthand. I am a delivered drug addict. I was once a hopeless dope fiend and now I am a dopeless hope fiend. I don’t know where I would be without the light of hope in my life. Whether you live in a garbage heap or a palace, without the hope of Jesus, we have nothing to look forward to.

If in the midst of a storm at sea, a ship may drop anchor, when it does, it is secured by the huge 25 ton iron anchor that goes down deep. When strong and wild waves hit the boat, the rough waters won’t tip it over, it is safe and secure because the anchor has held it fast to the bottom of the sea. This is how hope works – it keeps the eternal part of us safe and secure in the storms of life. Our hope must be solidly in Christ, vibrantly connected to Him, we can endure and we are secure even in life’s fiercest storms. Hebrews 6:19 says “We who are holding on to the hope of God’s salvation promises have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.”

When I had cancer, I held onto God’s word by studying the names of God. God healed me from stage four cancer. When my husband was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident, I held onto hope by clinging onto His promises. God healed my broken heart so I could love again. If you want to know more about the names of God and how to stand on His promises, check out my teaching program – This weekend, I talk about Jehovah Jireh – My Provider on “Transformed Through Truth” with Sheryl Giesbrecht on www.HSBN.tv.

Let’s pray from Hebrews 10:23 “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.”

Dear Lord, we ask for you to give us more hope. Help us not to let go of the hope you offer us. We want to receive all the hope you want to give us through the power of your Holy Spirit. Thank you for giving us handles of hope through your amazing character qualities, your promises and through deepening our faith. Help us to trust you and believe you more. Thank you, You never let go of us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

 

Worldwide Wednesday: Pray for L – Liberia

Worldwide Wednesday: Pray for L – Liberia

Thank you for joining me once, again for praying for people around the world. We are praying through the alphabet by country.

So exciting, our church – Canyon Hills Assembly of God in Bakersfield, CA is sending a team to Liberia in June 2017. I can’t wait to watch God move through this team of young adults as they share the Gospel and care for needy in this desperate part of Africa. Thank you for your prayers for the Canyon Hills Team to Liberia June 2017. Here’s how you can pray for the country of Liberia:

Liberia

Republic of Liberia

Africa

Geography

Area: 99,067 sq km

Heavily forested coastal state adjoining Sierra Leone, Guinea and Côte d’Ivoire.

Population: 4,101,767    Annual Growth: 4.23%

Capital: Monrovia

Official language: English    Languages: 31 All languages

Religion

Largest Religion: Ethnoreligionist

Religion                 Pop % Ann Gr
Christians 1,699,362 41.43 4.9
Evangelicals 600,533 14.6 4.6
Ethnoreligionist 1,743,251 42.50

Prayercast

Challenges for Prayer

The task of evangelization and mission must fall to Liberians and other Africans. Foreign missionaries had a long, hard, uphill struggle to plant churches in the interior; but disease, language diversity, entrenched fetishism and the disruption of war all hampered the work and eventually drove out all expat workers. Few have returned. Pray for those with a burden to return; pray for wisdom to know how they can best serve in rebuilding the nation, and best help the Liberian church complete the evangelization of every people. National mission leadership is making progress in missions advocacy among churches and in researching the nation’s current status in terms of evangelization.

Christian help ministries are essential in this land of great spiritual hunger, great spiritual needs, but few material resources:

  1. a) Bible translation and distribution ministries were gravely disrupted. The Bible Society and Lutheran Bible Translators projects have recommenced; 12 projects are active but another four languages have definite Bible translation needs. The completion in 2005 of the Bassa Bible (Liberia’s second largest indigenous language) was a major achievement.
  2. b) Christian literature. Many pastors and Christians have lost all they owned, and there is a great lack of Bibles, New Testaments and Christian literature, and few available bookstores. EHC continues nationwide literature distribution; recent focus was on the Mandingo people. Literacy is also a huge challenge in this country where almost a whole generation never had a proper chance to learn to read.
  3. c) The JESUS film has been viewed by the majority of the population and continues to have a converting impact on Muslims. It is available in 13 languages; six more are in production.
  4. d) GRN audio recordings are being used in 67 languages and dialects. These are essential for low-literacy contexts and oral learners. GRN has a Liberian base from which it has conducted nationwide outreaches and distribution. This base is well positioned to produce many more Christian recordings for evangelism, discipleship and training.
  5. e)

    might still be Africa’s best known station, despite being evacuated four times and destroyed twice during the wars. ELWA has been resurrected, with eight hours daily in English and with broadcasts in nine Liberian languages, and plans for three more. Other local stations include Worship FM and a station by the Christian Education Foundation of Liberia as well as a station planned by the AoG and United Methodist Church. Praise God for the message that goes out. Pray for the provision of funds for these ministries and for the production of excellent content that will both reach and bless the entire nation.

http://www.operationworld.org/libe

“Arise for it is your task, and we are with you; be strong and do it.” Ezra 10:4

PRAYER POINTS

  • Pray for healing from terrible pain caused by two civil wars and the rebuilding that must occur in this impoverished nation.

  • Pray for spiritually mature leaders in the churches who will preach the Bible with integrity.

  • Pray for restoration for Liberia’s children — 50% of the population — who struggle to overcome the devastation of war.

SUMMARY

in the hope of establishing a nation in which man was not owned.  Though Liberia is the oldest republic in Africa, a national identity has only started to take shape after surviving two civil wars in the past thirty years.  Blanketed with rain forests and valuable hardwood trees, Liberia is richly blessed in natural resources and temperate weather, which foster agriculture and a growing trade market.

However, the emotional and psychological scars of past conflicts still remain. 

15,000 surviving child soldiers remain haunted and robbed of their innocence.  Sex trafficking is widespread.  Young girls are kidnapped, frequently by adults they know, and spend their youth as slaves and adulthood as prostitutes and beggars in their own communities.  An estimated 68% of the population live below the poverty level, only 60% can read, and a mere quarter of the people have access to safe drinking water.  The violence of years past remains evident on damaged buildings and roads, and political corruption is still leaving the people questioning their trust in the authorities placed above them.

http://prayercast.com/liberia.html

Father God, You are Jehovah Rapha – the God who heals. We cry out for healing for the land of Liberia. Bring healing to the men, women and children. Strengthen those in the nation that are under the age of fifteen — the statistics say its over half of the nation. Would you, Almighty El Shaddai be their refuge in this time of need. Show yourself to be great, mighty -their all sufficient, provider who helps them in this time of need. Provide for the local churches, Bible believing leaders who will shepherd this flock in Liberia. We pray form Ezra 10:4 for Liberia, “Arise for it is your task and we are with you; be strong and do it.” Allow this nation to bring healing and hope to many others by the power of your word and by the presence of your Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Motivation Monday: What Are You Waiting For?

Everyone is waiting on something. What are you waiting for? Christmas? Birthday? Vacation? Completing a project? Finishing a semester? Anticipating with an attitude of expectation is taking the long view. This is how we wait on God with an attitude of hope. Joyce Meyer says, “Hope is favorable and confident expectation, an expectant attitude that something good is going to happen and things will work out no matter what we are facing.” Hope is determined and does not give up.

John 16:33 says “In this world you will have trouble.” So we shouldn’t be surprised when we have trials, irritation and distress, but in spite of it, we can have peace. Jesus has overcome our difficulties and in Him we can have joy while we wait for His answers with an attitude of expectancy.

Zech. 9:12 “Return to the stronghold, you prisoner of hope, even today do I declare that I will restore double your former prosperity to you.” I like that, when you are a prisoner, you don’t have a choice about it, remain encased in hope, looking for God’s answers instead of our solutions. To get excited about waiting on God’s answer. Micah 7:7 says, “As for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my savior; my God will hear me.” I choose to look carefully for evidence of God working in my life circumstances. I must not grow weary in waiting on God and trust that He hears my prayers.

To abide in hope is more than saying I wish. It’s more than desiring something to come to pass, looking forward to an event or being in a person’s presence. Hope is defined by Webster as “expectation of something desired; thing that gives, or an object of focus.” Hope is more than mere wishful thinking, yet hopelessness can bring on despair, depression and even thoughts of suicide. Proverbs 13:12 reminds us, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick.” No wonder why the Bible approaches

and even depression and suicide. Instead of categorizing hopelessness (also known as despair) as a psychological disease, the Bible calls it disobedience. It is refusing to trust God. Hopefulness is a choice to trust God in the midst of impossible circumstances. It is relying on the unchanging attribute of God’s faithfulness. Psalm 37:3 remind us, “Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” When we find pleasure in God, we give him first place, submit to His plans and are directed by His hand.

And then we can easily put into practice what Psalm 37:4 says“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and he will do this.”

He is our refuge, our joy, our deliverer, our help, our strength and our comfort. Why would we hope in medication or therapy or anything else before we hope in God? Especially when dealing with disappointment, hope will cause us to rise up and pray, “God I praise you. You are working in this situation and working in me. My faith and trust and hope are in you.  Thank you, you send hope when we wait on you. In Jesus’ Name, Amen”

 

Monday Motivation: Run Shirley Run!

“Run, Forrest, Run.” Remember the movie Forrest Gump? He says, “Now you wouldn’t believe me if I told you, but I can run like the wind blows.

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My mom, Shirley Adkins, lives this way – she keeps on running. She decided to start running races at age 70 and hasn’t stopped. What does it take to keep on running? Not a runner, eh? Okay. For some of us, we need to consider how to start. We can ask what does it take to get going? How can we keep moving? Remember – you can’t move a car that is in park. Be willing to put your goals into motion. This works by applying two things:

  1. Resolve: My mom is determined not to give up. Webster defines resolve: “a firm course of action.” There are days she doesn’t feel like going to the gym or going on a jog, yet Mom keeps her schedule. I am impressed with how she implements her plan. Day in, day out, she follows through with her commitment to work out no matter how she feels.

“Therefore since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race market out for us.” Hebrews 12:1

  1. Renew: My mom resets her mind everyday through prayer time with God and studying His word. She asks God for help, even after dad passed away, mom continued and even increased her work outs.

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2

Do not quit! You can do it. Yes, stay at it until you are done. The finish line is not that far off. Haven’t started yet? Okay. It is never too late. Begin today! Even if you are not a runner, just put your foot to the pavement and start moving. When you feel like giving up, instead choose to keep going. As you keep your eyes on the goal, your worry will change to worship, your fear to faith and your hang-ups to hope.

Let’s pray, Heavenly Father, thank you for helping us throw off the sin that is holding us back from the race. Thank you Jesus for reminding us to keep our eyes set on you, our Goal.  You are our inspiration to stay in the race. Thank you Lord Jesus for showing us how to finish well. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

Transformed Through Truth Launches March 2017

Transformed Through Truth Launches March 2107

The Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network: http://hsbn.tv/_deploy/index.html

Me too. Join me for the launch of our brand new program, Transformed Through Truth: www.hsbn.tv  I am delighted to offer new insights and practical examples of how real God is. You might wonder exactly how this will work? I invite you to join me each and every week. We are going to get to know God’s word and each other very well. Why should you make it a point to meet me? Very Simple. Everything is better together. You don’t want to miss out on anything God has for you.

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good and pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2

Each program will be an exciting and unique time in God’s word, filled with practical applications. We are going to study the Bible together and

We are going to hear testimonies of how God has worked in my life and the lives of others. I love to share my testimony – I am so thankful for the amazing things God has done. I am a delivered drug addict, a stage four cancer survivor and a former widow. Don’t miss out on any of the life lessons God has taught me. Stay connected through watching Transformed Through Truth here or check out the archived versions http://hsbn.tv/_deploy/index.html

Let’s pray – Heavenly Father, thank you for each one you have drawn to be transformed by the renewing of their minds. Help them come against deceit as they cho0se truth. Let them find truth in You and know you in a deeper way. Thank you, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Worldwide Wednesday: Pray for Fiji

Pray Around the World!

Welcome to Worldwide Wednesday: F – Pray for Fiji

Thank you for joining us to pray through the alphabet around the world. Today is the letter “F” so we are praying for Fiji.

Fiji

Republic of the Fiji Islands

Geography

Area: 18,274 sq km

Two larger and 110 smaller inhabited islands, both volcanic and coralline.

Population: 854,098    Annual Growth: 0.62%

Capital: Suva

Peoples: 35 (11% unreached) All peoples


Official language: English; Hindustani and Bau Fijian commonly used

Languages: 21 All languages

Largest Religion: Christian

Religion                 Pop % Ann Gr
Christians 555,591 65.05 1.2
Evangelicals 215,408 25.2 2.1

Challenges for Prayer

Less-reached peoples. The Indians of Fiji form the largest non-Christian community in the Pacific. As few as 3% of them claim to be Christian. The greatest challenges for Indian-majority churches are developing (and retaining) mature and experienced leaders and integrating with the rest of the body of Christ. For specific prayer:

  1. a) Hindus remain mostly unevangelized. The number of converts to Christianity is accelerating. AoG in particular but also Methodists, Baptists and Pentecostals have seen fruit from this ministry. Multi-racial congregations are springing up among them. Pioneers also has church planting ministries committed to reaching Indians. Pray for real disciples and not mere surface converts; pray also for more culturally appropriate outreach to this people. The minority of Indo-Fijians who are Christians are taking initiative in reaching their own people.
  2. b) Sikhs and Punjabis retain more of their culture and language, but there is little specific outreach to them. Many are emigrating to Antipodean or Western countries.
  3. c) Gujaratis in particular have remained unevangelized among all Fiji’s South Asian origin peoples. They have largely retained their caste structures. There are only a few believers from among this group, and no specifically focused outreach to them has ever been made.
  4. d) The Muslim community is tightly knit, very resistant to the gospel and increasingly Islamized via Saudi and Pakistani influence. Little is being done to reach them; the few converts to Christ suffer from considerable persecution and from the churches’ failure to integrate them. Several Fijian villages have become Muslim. An increasing awareness, regionally and globally, of this people – the Pacific Islands’ largest unreached group – has generated a groundswell of attention and prayer; locally, this is translating into encouraging signs of spiritual interest and response from the Muslim community.

Christian help ministries in Fiji have a Pacific-wide impact. Pray for:

  1. a) Christian literature. The Bible Society of the South Pacific is based in Fiji. Pray for translation work, printing and distribution of God’s Word throughout the Pacific. Translation and revision work in Fijian and Fiji Hindi are both needed, since good Christian material is lacking in these two languages. Thank God for progress of the NT in Fijian Hindi. CLC has recently opened three Christian bookshops.
  2. b) Ministry to young people. Fiji has serious sociological problems among its youth, yet there is a responsiveness that needs to be met. Pray for those specifically ministering to young people in Fiji and the Pacific – CEF, YFC, SU and YWAM among youth, and Pacific Students for Christ (IFES) and CCCI among students. The University of the Pacific in Fiji has students from every island territory and is strategic for impacting many islands which have much nominal Christianity.
  3. c) The more remote communities are much less reached and resourced by the Church. YWAM’s Mobile Ministry seeks to reach these communities by ship and by truck, sharing the gospel and providing medical and dental care.
  4. d) Media ministry. Fiji has Christian TV and radio stations run from within the country. Pray that they might be fruitful in reaching and discipling many. Radio programmes and the JESUS film are available in all the major languages of Fiji.

http://www.operationworld.org/fiji

Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for the opportunity to pray for the men, women, boys and girls of Fiji. Strengthen the body of Christ in Fiji. Strengthen the youth ministries through CEF, YFC, SU and YWAM, my your Holy Spirit go forth in a powerful way to gird up those who are inviting Jesus to help them. Give them Godly wisdom, direction, instruction and teaching. Thank you, In Jesus’ name, Amen

WELCOME TO WORLDWIDE WEDNESDAY: PRAY FOR DENMARK

Pray Around the World!

Welcome to Worldwide Wednesday – “D” for Denmark

Greetings, friends – thank you so much for joining us today to pray around the world through the alphabet.

We are going to pray without ceasing. God is working. I love this reminder from Abraham Lincoln:

“I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had no where else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for the day.” Abraham Lincoln

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Denmark

The most southerly of the European Scandinavian countries. See separate entries for Faeroe Islands and Greenland, which are autonomous regions of Denmark.

Population: 5,481,283

Capital: Copenhagen

Largest Religion: Christian

Religion Pop % Ann Gr
Christians 4,674,986 85.29 -0.2
Evangelicals 193,344 3.5 0.2

“The effective,  fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” James 5:16

Denmark map

Challenges for Prayer

Old non-missional theologies are devastating for the Church, since they fail to equip the Church in effective discipleship and mission in a secular realm. Pray for theological and missional renewal in all seminaries and Bible schools that will encourage a vibrant missions vision. Pray also for leaders to be raised up who are able to communicate Christ with the Danish postmodern youth culture.

There is a shortfall of pastors, especially for Free Churches of all types. Even with a number of fresh and new ministries and church planting efforts, many evangelical congregations, especially those without a pastor, are in stagnation or even decline. Pray for the provision of capable, godly leaders and for the revitalization of these evangelical congregations.

http://www.operationworld.org/denm

Denmark

Prayer Points

  • Pray for the Holy Spirit to bring revival to the Lutheran Church where many have become disillusioned.
  • Pray for biblical thinking to replace the secular, postmodern worldview prevalent among the youth.
  • Pray for financial support for full-time pastors and teachers who are anchored in the truths of the Bible.

http://prayercast.com/denmark.html

Thank you Heavenly Father for your care for the people of Denmark. We ask for your presence in every church where the word of God is taught. We ask for your strength for the pastors and leaders there who know you as their personal Savior. We ask for you to take them to a deeper walk with you as they study your word and teach what you say to us through the Bible. We ask for you to send new pastors and leaders to Denmark to strengthen the believers there. We ask for a fresh anointing and equipping of the leaders as you send them out to revive the work that was begun. We bless you and praise you, Lord, for what you will do in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Open Spaces Make Room

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Monday Motivation. I’m blogging for Lead Like Jesus regularly now! I hope you’ll join me and the other contributors each week at the Lead Like Jesus blog.

One of my Christmas traditions happens after the holiday hustle and bustle has calmed down. I anticipate the peace and quiet after the constant stream of seasonal visitors have gone home, and I’ve run out of creative ways to serve ham and turkey leftovers.

I look forward to organizing, cleaning and storing away the Christmas decorations. I am refreshed, renewed and recharged because I know a New Year is immanent. I also appreciate the feeling of accomplishment and the closure reorganizing brings.

It’s funny isn’t it? There’s an uncanny sense of regeneration when you rearrange and pack things up. It feels like your office or home has more room. The same thing is true in our spiritual lives. Open spaces in our lives make room for more of what God has in store for our future. When we allow God to reposition and change things up, we make room in our lives for more of God.

The spiritual discipline of making room for God works when we allow God to show us things we need to get rid of: a bad habit, criticism, fault-finding, bitterness, anger, hate, unforgiveness. When we allow margin in our time and schedule, time for God to meet us, we choose to slow down to listen to His voice. We allow Him to speak into our lives and show us areas He might want us to realign.

Dallas Willard says, “Amazing things can happen when we open up spaces in our lives. It is easier to hear the voice of God when we practice silence because our world is not filled with competing noises.”

Scriptures echo this truth. “You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” (Psalm 16:1)

The Latin term, “Capax Dei” – an increased capacity for God – is something we can develop by allowing space in our lives. As leaders, it’s a choice to “open up spaces in our lives” by asking God what we can cut out to make room. So let’s make the choice to increase our capacity for God. Silence and solitude are ignored spiritual disciplines. Instead of self-indulgence, let’s choose God-indulgence. “He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.” (Psalm 18:19)

But why wait for a feeling of renewal only one time per year? This can be an ongoing pursuit through coaching ourselves as servant leaders, regularly spending intentional time in prayer, seeking God’s thoughts as we pour over Scripture, and journaling our thoughts, feelings and prayers. We can discover God’s love in a deeper way, gain victory as we have more room for God and find solace in communion with Him.

As we take time for this discipline, we share our newfound freedom with those we lead. “Coaching is the most important servant leadership element in helping people accomplish their goals. After all, as servant-leaders, life is all about helping people get A’s.” (Lead Like Jesus, pg. 124)

Let God help you rearrange and pack things up, so you have room for every new blessing God wants to bestow on you in 2017!

*This article was originally written for Lead Like Jesus and published on www.LeadLikeJesus.com. It is reprinted with their permission.*

Remembering

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Dear Friends and Family,

October is here. October 17, 2016 marks the seven-year anniversary of Pastor Paul’s promotion to heaven. Thank you for your continued prayers for our new blended family.

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With each passing year since Paul has gone, there are more friends and loved ones who have departed this earth for their heavenly home.

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“The day of death is better than the day of birth.” Ecclesiastes 7:1b

Laurel Moore suddenly passed away on August 11, 2016, after a brief illness. Laurel and I met through mutual friends in 1996. We shared many opportunities to work side-by-side in ministry with the Kern County Sunday School Association (Christian Ministry Convention). We shared years of ministry to women in leadership, pastors’ wives, and my varied connections with non-profits in Bakersfield. Laurel was my mentor and example as how to be a pastor’s wife with my newsletter to pastor’s wives. Laurel’s story of her survival of breast cancer was my very first interview. Our common bond and ministry to women in ministry lead to an opportunity for me to serve for four years as a columnist to Pastor’s Wives with Focus on the Family.

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Owners of Minuteman Press, Steve and Laurel Moore, a dynamite husband and wife team, served our community together for twenty-six years, through graphics, printing, and bulk mailing.

In 2004 when I was diagnosed with cancer (stage 4 non-hodkins lymphoma in the bone marrow in five places in my body), Laurel cheered me on. She had made it and was thriving, and Laurel gave me the inspiration to make it. Laurel and her team at Minuteman Press continued to provide my printing and bulk mailing.

Laurel’s talents in printing and design included Sarah’s wedding invitations in 2008, Ben’s wedding invitations in 2013, and my second wedding invitations in 2014. There are also monthly missionary support letters, books and promotion, banners. A month ago we were working on a new project. I was so thankful to get to reconnect with Laurel, I had missed our time together. Now I look forward to reconnecting with Laurel some day when I too, meet our Savior. I will miss her until that day.

Here’s a video link of Laurel Moore’s Celebration of Life Service.

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Melissa (Laurel’s youngest daughter) with Laurel Moore and Marcie (Laurel’s oldest daughter) celebrate Easter 2016.

Won’t you take a moment to pray for those who have lost loved ones?

For more encouragement, here are two blog posts from previous anniversaries of Pastor Paul’s untimely promotion to heaven.

Death-iversary
Death Day

I love you,
Sheryl

“The righteous perish and no one ponders it in his heart, devout men are taken away, and no one understand that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil. Those who walk uprightly enter into peace, they find rest as they lie in death.” Isaiah 57:1–2

“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. God’s dwelling place is now among his people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21:1,3–4

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