november prayer update
Often when a Teen Challenge student accompanies me in witnessing he will ask, "Do you ever run into opposition?" The answer is yes! I’ve been asked to leave the property, been cussed at, mocked, and had the police called on me. Once someone threatened to “blow my head off.” The more extreme cases of opposition are few and far between but they do come and they often come from someone who has been wounded by the church. I instruct students, should we run into opposition, that “a gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger." (Prov. 15:1). On more than one occasion, I’ve seen a gentle answer turn a person full of hostility toward friendliness. I tell students that the worst thing we can do is to become argumentative. It is never worth winning the point but losing the person.
Heart of Revival (STEP)
Speaking: The last three Sunday mornings of November are open. Please pray that God would open opportunities to proclaim the Word.
Teen Challenge/Mentoring: As I meet with individual students, I hear their perspective on the things they are going through. Coming to a full understanding of their journey is a process. Please pray that the real and core issues would be exposed.
Evangelism: Please pray that we would experience divine encounters. Pray that God would bring into our path the people whom he is already drawing to himself.
Pastors/Churches: I will be overseeing the Church of the Valley Mini Prayer Summit on the morning of Tuesday, November 6. Please pray that as various pastors and ministry leaders come together there would be a deep connection with the Lord and with one another so that people leave strengthened.
November Speaking Schedule
· Nov. 5 Teen Challenge, “Trust God and Pour Out Your Hearts to Him” (Ps. 62:7-12) - 7:30 pm
· Nov. 9 Eugene Mission, “Be Reconciled to God” (2 Cor. 5:18-21) - 7 pm
· Nov. 12 Teen Challenge, “My Story: Conversion and Ministry” - 7:30 pm
· Nov. 19 Teen Challenge, “The Joy and the Cost of Following Jesus” (Matt. 13:44, Luke 14:25-35) - 7:30 pm
· Nov. 26 Teen Challenge, “Prodigal Son, Part 1” (Luke 15:11-32) - 7:30 pm
Check the speaking page for speaking schedule beyond this month.
general ways to pray
Pastor Ed covets your prayers. You can use the acronym OAR to pray for his speaking ministry.
O—Open doors of ministry
Pray also for wisdom as he counsels Adult and Teen Challenge students, open doors and open hearts for sharing the gospel on the street and fruitful ministry as he connects with pastors and ministry leaders and leads Transform Lebanon.