Worldwide Wednesday: T Pray for Trinidad and Tobago

Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

Caribbean

Trinidad and Tobago are Two islands off the coast of Venezuela.

 

Prayercast

Challenges for Prayer

Cross-cultural vision is quite small but growing. The nation needs to move from a receiving mentality to a sending mentality. Pray for greater awareness of local and world needs, and for effective training to be given in cross-cultural outreach. A handful of Trinidadians work overseas as missionaries; pray for more. YWAM and WBT recently opened centres on Trinidad. These two groups as well as OM are active in mobilizing and sending workers abroad.

http://www.operationworld.org/trin

 

PRAYER POINTS

Pray for strong theological training in this country with many churches but few disciples.

Pray for greater utilization of the freedom to share the Gospel within the schools.

Pray for bold witness from believers with Hindu and Muslim backgrounds.

Summary

Located off the coast of Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago is one of the Caribbeans most prosperous nations as a result of petroleum and natural gas production. Other exports from this industrious nation include asphalt and tobacco. Trinidad and Tobago have a high population of Africans, who were enslaved until 1834. Contract laborers from India replaced the African slaves through the early 20th Century, further diversifying the population. This diversity is celebrated to this day with the national motto: “Together we aspire, together we achieve.”

Trinidad and Tobago gained independence from Britain in 1962, and a constitution was ratified in 1976. Today, Trinidad and Tobago is governed by a parliamentary democracy, which helps to maintain unity amongst the diverse cultures. Although the nation remains 99% literate, the high unemployment rates for youth are resulting in growing violent crime, especially related to drug trafficking. Many blame North American media for penetrating the country with symbols of material wealth such as cars, homes, and fashion. Women are objectified in a culture that emphasizes physical beauty. It is also common for men to sexually harass women in public, and women risk loss of social status if they respond. In addition, Trinidad and Tobago has one of the highest incidences of HIV/AIDS in the world.

Around one fourth of the population is identified as Protestant, while another fourth is Roman Catholic. The rest of the population is mainly Hindu and Muslim. The variety of religions results in syncretistic beliefs within the Christian Church, including witchcraft, which is accepted within the culture. Though the number of Evangelicals is growing rapidly as a result of cross cultural missionary efforts, an unintended consequence has been the creation of a culture of dependence on visiting foreign nationals.

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Thank you for praying for the people of Trinidad and Tobago!

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”

 

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.

An Interview with Ron and Deb DeArmond

Don't Go to Bed AngryMarriage problems, ugh. We’ve all been there. He doesn’t understand what she’s really upset about. He thinks she blows things out of proportion. Neither of you can agree on the right course of action. 

In every marriage, there is conflict. And with every conflict, there is a choice for resolution. Will you ignore the issue until it seemingly goes away? Or will you work together to find peace?

Authors Deb and Ron DeArmond have taken late comedienne Phyllis Diller’s advice to heart: “Never go to bed mad. Stay up and fight.” And refusing not to ignore an issue is nothing to joke about.  Not only do the DeArmonds practice this communication principle in their marriage, they teach this principle to other couples. And now they have written a book about it: Don’t Go to Bed Angry: Stay Up and Fight.

In Don’t Go to Bed Angry, Deb and Ron DeArmond give you permission to fight. Marriage is worth fighting for. Conflict isn’t the problem, after all; the real issue is how we deal with the conflict. Combining a healthy dose of personal experience with relationship-affirming biblical wisdom, Deb and Ron demonstrate how communication through conflict can lead to greater insight and understanding of thoughts, feelings, and perspectives that can safeguard—and even strengthen—your relationship. Immensely practical features including worksheets, discussion questions, callouts, and prayers make this a definitive go-to resource to help you start fighting—together—for your marriage.

“In your anger do not sin, do not let the sun go down while you are still angry.” —Ephesians 4:26

To find out more about Deb and Ron DeArmond, go to www.debdearmond.com.

For more encouragement, interviews, and music, check out Sheryl’s blogs From Ashes to Beauty and Transformed through Truth.

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June Update

June is here. It’s time to celebrate. Join me as I honor my husband, Dr. Jim Turner, for his many contributions to our community and to my personal health, well-being, and future.

“Not to us, O Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.” Psalm 11:1

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Dr. Jim Turner, my husband, was recently rewarded and received recognition in The Best of Bakersfield Lifestyle Magazine for Best Chiropractor.

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Dr. Jim Turner has dedicated forty years of service to helping people get well as a caring and compassionate doctor. Jim is noted for his integrity, professionalism, and, of course, Godly character.

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Dr. Jim Turner is honored for his substantial contributions to improve others’ quality of life through chiropractic care.

I am thankful for God’s provision for me through my marriage to Dr. Jim Turner. We first met at church more than 27 years ago, and about ten years later my family and I became regular patients. When I was diagnosed with stage four non-Hodgkins lymphoma in May 2004, Dr. Turner suggested I come in for chiropractic treatments twice a week. He said the treatments would help to keep my central nervous system moving. I give God glory as along with prayer and chiropractic adjustments, my body responded positively to the chemotherapy. Along with prayer, two surgeries, chemotherapy, and regular chiropractic care, God completely healed me of stage four cancer. Daily I continue to minister to leaders and abide in God’s strength.

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Sheryl and husband, Jim, enjoy the sand and surf at Ventura, CA.

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Sheryl and Jim now navigate life together.

I thank God for my total and complete healing from cancer. I am grateful to God for how he enabled the healing hands of my now husband, Dr. Jim Turner, to facilitate my wellness. Can you think of a person God has used in your life to facilitate your spiritual growth or encourage your healing? Tell me your story: sherylgiesbrecht@aol.com. I would love to hear about it.

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Our One-Year Wedding Anniversary

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Celebrate with us! It’s been one year since our wedding on April 12, 2014; we recommitted our marriage and future to God as we serve Him and build His Kingdom together.

“Not to us, Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.” —Psalm 115:1

Click here to watch our wedding video!

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Lasting Love

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Valentine’s Day is tomorrow! How are you celebrating?

I wanted to share this post I found about the eight secrets to lasting love. This is a great read, no matter what your relationship status is!

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Dr. and Mrs. Turner’s Wedding

This was the powerpoint that played at our Giesbrecht/Turner Open House Wedding Reception on 4/26. Turn up your volume so you can hear the background song, “Ten Thousand Reasons (Bless the Lord),” was the one I walked down the aisle to greet my groom. When Jim and I were pronounced man and wife, the congregation sang “Ten Thousand Reasons” as we walked down the aisle arm in arm as a newlywed couple!

His Bride, Her Groom

Every Love story

“Not to us, O Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.” Psalm 115:1–2

Thank you for your prayers and wedding wishes. I am now a married woman! Yes, it is marvelous being on this side of the wedding. One of the blessings we saw in motion was how everything flowed together to bring us to our wedding day. Just this past Saturday, we celebrated with our Giesbrecht/Turner Wedding Reception Open House, too, so we have praised the Lord and been blessed by so many of our friends and family. We are thankful and praise God for His provision.

Our friend Rev. Angelo Frazier wrote a poem “His Bride, Her Groom” and made keepsake Faithmarks that tell our story. We gave these away at our reception. Here’s the beautiful poem:

“His Bride, Her Groom”

From Calvary’s youth group
To a Sunday’s first date
Came a breakfast at Lorene’s
With a pre-marital mate
Or was it the hottest day
For garage cleaning in June
That the seeds of love
Began to bloom
After 25 years of knowing
Through some joy and some pain
With God as the author
They got back up again
Chiropractic during chemotherapy
A treatment and cure
Grew the hope of this union
For now and for sure
Her Boaz, his Ruth
God’s servants in time
Wonderful love birds
For their Savior they shine!
In honor of the marriage of Dr. Jim and Sheryl Giesbrecht Turner

Thank you for your prayers and join us in praise to our great God.

“You turned my wailing into dancing; you clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent, O Lord my God I will praise you forever.” Psalm 30:11–12


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God STILL Provides

#3 WalkBy Faith Not by Sight

Dear Friends,

I’M GETTING MARRIED TO JIM! CAN HARDLY STAND IT! How I wish each of you could be with us to share in the joy of our wedding day. God has truly “turned my mourning into dancing” (Psalm 30:11–12).

So thankful to be at this point. With all our preparations, we are very tired. “My flesh and heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever,” Psalm 73:26.

Please keep praying for us and thanking God for the many blessings and ways He has provided for our families. It will be a big family reunion!

“I have not giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and His incomparably great power for those who believe,” Ephesians 1:16–18.

Thank you for your prayers as Jim Turner and I exchange wedding vows on Saturday, April 12, 2014.

You can be part of our wedding ceremony by praying The Apostles’ Creed with us.

Since only family will be present for our wedding at my home church in Davis, CA, we are inviting you to join us for our Open House Wedding Reception in Bakersfield on April 26, 2014 at the beautiful Bell Tower Club, 1200 Truxtun Ave Suite 100, Bakersfield, CA 93301.

Please know you are thought of and prayed for regularly. We are blessed to know you are praying for us.

For details on our story and pictures, please check out our wedding website.

Please join us for our reception on 4/26/14. We can’t wait to see you!

My love and prayers,
Sheryl Giesbrecht (Turner)

#3 God Still ProvidesMore Wedding Program Info:

Jim and I are doing a conversational reading from I John 4:7-19. We are going to read it aloud to each other in front of our guests. Try it! We know you’ll be blessed!

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.

The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him.

In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us.

By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.

We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.

Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world.

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. We love, because He first loved us. Love never fails.”


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