Month: April 2020

COVID-19 Resources – Child Evangelism Fellowship

Dear Families and Ministry Partners,

We are so excited to share a wonderful, free COVID-19 online resource page that CEF headquarters just created for us! This easy-to-read web-page will link you directly to the following resources for your church and Good News Club students, offering…

  • “Do you wonder why?” free download booklet and GREAT video!
  • “Stuck at Home Devotional” – free 30-day devotional
  • “Good News TV” – online Good News Club posted weekly for the next 10 weeks
  • “U-Nite” YouTube channel with additional videos

Also available, please read the CEF Press Release, sharing about the Free children’s church videos for churches to use when streaming services…
FREE Children’s Church Videos for Churches to Use When Streaming Services

We are so grateful for these free resources that answer the Why” questions and offer the Hope we have in Jesus Christ!

Please know that our staff is specifically praying for each of you, your families and the community that you reach.  Please continue to stay in contact with me and share your questions, testimonies, and suggestions.

Blessings,
Mara Byrd 
Local Director
Child Evangelism Fellowship Of Arizona
Yavapai County Chapter
PO BOX 10081
Prescott, AZ 86304
mcbyrd@cefarizona.com
320-224-9249 cell

Coming Together at ABC, Part 2

Greetings Brothers and Sisters in Jesus,

Hopefully you’ve read my previous email by now.  Just a couple more thoughts:

  • For Sunday Worship I meant to add a time of prayer after the offering.  We will try to get a prayer list to you, possibly online as well or by email, See previous post for a prayer list reflecting the needs of our church family.  Share each other’s needs as well and spend some time in prayer together.  Let us know if you have prayer needs you want shared this Sunday.
  • Let us know how it went!  Who was at your home for worship?  What was meaningful and helpful?  How could we do it better next time?
  • We are looking into ways for other groups to ‘meet’.  Nathan is using Facebook with the Saturday evening “Unbound” group.  Check in with Nathan to connect.

There are other ways for group gatherings like prayer meeting and Bible study to connect virtually.  Stay tuned!

Trust God for great things!  These are opportunities for the gospel!  Let your fears, cares, and worries run into the arms of Jesus!  Someone said, “We are never alone from the Lord.  We’ve been stripped away from the norm so our hearts can become in tune with Him.”

Remember Jesus’ words to Martha – “Only one thing is needed”!  That ‘One Thing’ focus on Jesus.  Let’s do that by loving and serving the Lord together in new and creative ways as He leads HIS Church that He LOVES – Alliance Bible Church.

Challenging and Exciting times!  Let’s trust the Lord together.

Much Love in Christ our Lord,

Pastor John
Alliance Bible Church

John and Mary Tanzania update

Tanzania Mission Trip 2020

Habari gani toka Tanzania!
(Hello from Tanzania)

Wow!  What an amazing time watching God work in Tanzania through Pastor Michael’s ministry and how much more amazing that the Lord allowed us to be a part of it.  Thanks for joining us in His work!

Here are some highlights:

  • We got to share individually, John shared the gospel with Maasai leaders and Mary with the Massai women
  • John had the joy of baptizing six new believers coming out of the Muslim faith
  • Extreme joy sharing at a school Pastor Michael began in a 98% Muslim community.  Mary shared the wordless book gospel message with over 100 children through colored T-shirts, story and song.
  • The national Mom’s In Prayer Tanzanian leader joined Mary and 40 women for training in praying for their children, schools and teachers across the nation.
  • About 30 married couples joined us for an intense, exciting and interactive marriage seminar.
  • Each team member took on a different home fellowship in different locations joined by church leaders.
  • We had great attendance for a two day Pastor’s leadership training seminar ministering to Pastors and wives from across Tanzania and Zanzibar island. 

Exciting Moments: 

In the Pastor’s training God led me (John) to share a home discipleship series that was immediately well received and is already being used in several church home fellowships across Tanzania.

During widow’s ministry visitation and prayer for an 85 year old brand new believer out of Islam, another woman suddenly appeared also asking prayer for healing.  After I (Mary) prayed with her, I asked “Do you know this Jesus who we are praying to?”  She said, “No”.  I asked if she would like to know who He is.  That conversation led to my sharing the gospel and her receiving Christ.  Incredible joy!

Pastor Michael and the local Christian leadership are doing a remarkable Kingdom work bringing the truth of God’s word to many, especially in the Muslim community to faith in Christ.

Without you, your prayers, support, and the Lord’s calling none of this would have been possible! 

Enjoy some pics below!

With grateful hearts,

John and Mary

Coming Together at ABC, Part I

Warm greetings in the Lord Jesus to all the Saints at ABC!!

Mary and I are thanking God for a wonderful and fruitful trip to Africa as well as a safe trip home.  Thanks to all of you who prayed and supported us!  We are on day three of our two week quarantine.

After prayer and talking with other pastors and our District leadership we are making the decision to have all of our meetings virtually at ABC for now.  We will not be meeting physically at the church building.  Thankfully, the Church of our Lord is not the building but the Body of Christ!

There are many reasons for this decision.  As of yesterday our Governor has issued a stay at home order to protect citizens from the spread of Covid-19.  Titus 3:1 comes to mind for us:

Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work
— Titus 3:1

At ABC we love to love people!  We love to gather together!  We love to Worship the Lord!  We love to greet each other with holy handshakes and hugs!  But in every situation we have to ask,
“What does love look like?”  The most loving thing we can do in THIS situation is to do all we can to keep everyone safe.

The Covid-19 virus is now in every county in Arizona.  Yesterday there were 132 new cases and four people died.  There were over 1000 new cases today.  17 residents in our area have now tested positive.

So, are we still “getting together” for Sunday Worship, prayer, and Bible Study?  Absolutely!
Let me explain…

WORSHIP THIS SUNDAY
This Sunday, April 5th I want everyone to ‘gather together’ at our regular time of 10:30 a.m. in your homes for our ABC worship service!

Open with a word of prayer

Greet one another!  Ask how your week has been.  Share a bit.

Worship together.  Play a few of your favorite worship songs.  Try this one if you like: “Great is Thy Faithfulness”  with added verses – https://youtu.be/2eQ1oal44wU Youtube is a great place to pic a few favorites.  Be creative!  Play a favorite from your phone or just sing a chorus you know and love!

Give your Tithes and Offerings. Our C&MA President John Stumbo said, “All of us are called to return our tithes and offerings to the Lord regardless of a fluctuating economy.”  This is a time to show your dependence and trust in the Lord by continuing to give God the first fruits of your income.  You can give in three ways:

  1. Online at our ABC website secure giving tab:  www.abcprescott.com
  2. Mail in your tithe to ABC – 2601 W. Iron Springs Rd, Prescott AZ  86314
  3. Drop off your tithe in the box by the front door Monday or Tuesday between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Listen to the Sunday message online.  Go to our website, www.abcprescott.com .  Our goal is to have a message that Dave Parker has prepared online for you to view!  Use your phone, tablet or computer to hear God’s Word to us through Dave this Sunday.

Share Together.  This is a unique opportunity to ‘debrief’ the message.  Share what God is saying to you personally.

Close in Prayer

That’s it!  We’ve just done “Worship Together” at ABC!

Pastor John Perry
Alliance Bible Church