Friends in today’s Together Tuesday podcast we plead with you to pray for our friend’s son. Please click play below to learn all about Jonah’s situation.
Our friend Jonathan writes:
Beth and I are requesting your prayers for Jonah. Today we went to the pediatrician for a checkup and the doctor noticed a heart murmur that had not been heard before. He sent us straight to University of Kentucky to consult with a pediatric cardiologist. Several hours and three tests later we learned that Jonah has a large hole between his left and right ventricles. It’s called VSD. The hole is large enough that surgery is required to repair it and soon.
We are in a holding pattern waiting for all the doctors involved to sit down and discuss his case on Monday. A heart cath is likely coming in the next week with open heart surgery not long after that. We’ve put all travel and speaking plans on hold for the next few weeks as we wait to see what happens next.
Please keep Jonah and our family in your prayers. God has blessed us with an incredible medical team, and we expect God to continue working in this.
Brief update on Jonah: The doctors have decided not to do a heart cath. The surgical teams from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and UK will all meet on Wednesday to decide who will do Jonah’s open heart surgery as well as where. They will call us Wednesday evening or Thursday and will likely have a surgical date at that point. We were told to tentatively plan for the surgery to be in 2-4 weeks.
Thank you all for your prayers. We have felt overwhelmed by the outpouring of prayers and support from individuals and churches. We are thankful for each and every one of you! We know what the doctors are planning, but we are confidant that the Great Physician has great plans for Jonah.
Thanks for praying! Remember together we can make a difference.
Friends sometimes we who follow Christ consider prayer as a last option but in reality it’s the best option! Will you pray for two pressing needs among our pastors this week? Click play on the podcast below for details.
Latin American Children’s Fund (LACF) was established as a not-for-profit organization in 1991 with the sole purpose of leading Latin America children and their families to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Through this child-sponsorship program, churches, individuals, and foundations in the United States are providing financial support for the Christian education and spiritual training of impoverished children in Peru.
American Ken Biron, and his Peruvian wife, Maria, worked in the capital city of Lima for a number of years. In 1996, the Birons responded to God’s call to establish a Christian school in Reque, Peru, a small coastal town approximately 500 miles north of Lima. Five acres of barren, desert-like land were acquired and construction of the school began. Short-term mission teams (known as workcamps) from churches, organizations, and schools in the United States are building the school one classroom at a time. The needs often exceed the resources, but God’s faithfulness is always near.
With countless hours of volunteer labor, thousands of donated dollars, and an abundance of God’s blessings, the Roma Lee Courvisier School (RLC) opened in 1998 with two classes of excited children. Those children – now adults – are taking leadership roles in the communities where they live. One student, Angela, is now a teacher in the pre-Kindergarten class. Read her interview with Ken on our “Get Inspired” page.
The school is named in honor of Roma Lee Courvisier, a missionary to Peru and other Central and South American countries who has inspired many to enter the mission fields.
Children are admitted to the RLC School at age three and progress through the preschool, elementary, and high school levels. The goal is to add 20-30 new students each year. Teachers have a deep love for El Señor (The Lord) that they share with the children along with academic instruction.
The Roma Lee Courvisier School provides the Christian education these children need to walk out of the world of poverty, malnutrition, unemployment and spiritual darkness. LACF is helping them realize their full potential and empowering them to become tomorrow’s leaders for the world and for God’s Kingdom.
It is a blessing to hear a friendly voice or read a warm greeting in a foreign land. One simple way that you can support your missionary is through communicating with them regularly. Click play on the podcast below to find out how.
Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: “Go, assemble all the Jews who are found in Susa and fast in my behalf. Don’t eat and don’t drink for three days, night or day. My female attendants and I will also fast in the same way. Afterward I will go to the king, even though it violates the law. If I perish, I perish!”
Esther had a very important mission so she asked for God’s people to fast on her behalf. Every Christian has has a very important mission, the great commission! The importance of our commission demands serious fasting and prayer.
To find out more click the play button below.
If you haven’t heard the first three podcasts in this series here are the links!
When I was with you and was in need, I was not a burden to anyone, for the brothers who came from Macedonia fully supplied my needs. I kept myself from being a burden to you in any way, and will continue to do so.
2 Corinthians 11:9
Where God lays on our heart we must go. If we cannot go we must give! Today’s podcast continues the series about sending missionaries in the best way possible. If you haven’t heard part one click here, or part two click here.
You will do well to send them on their way in a manner worthy of God. For they went out for the sake of the Name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles. Therefore we ought to support such men, so that we may be fellow workers with the truth.
“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
-Romans 10:13-15 NIV
Realistically not every believer is able to cross cultural or geographical boundaries to bring good news. But every believer can be involved in the process of sending those who can go. In Romans 10 we find two complementary roles: those who go; and those who send. Both roles are necessary to advance God’s great commission. Today’s podcast explores the first of six types of support every missionary needs.
With much love, The Downings
“Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing”