Monthly Archives: December 2016

Stodghill November/ December 2016 Bahamas update

Category : Bahamas

Relief due to Hurricane Matthew

·        Thanksgiving
·        Support level update
·        commissioning services
 
Greetings to you this glorious Christmas season!
 
May we be like the shepherds when Christ was born…being filled with joy and praise and having the desire to share what God has revealed to us.
Luke 2:20 “and the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.”
 
We have much to praise and worship Christ for this year!
 
Relief due to Hurricane Matthew:
Recently, we were very blessed to serve the Bahamas following the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. We had the privilege to be the ones to deliver generous checks from the donors of the PCA to MTW’s appeal for relief after Hurricane Matthew.  These monies will go to help the people on the islands of New Providence, Andros and Grand Bahamas.
The pictures below are of our check presentations: 1) to the Department of Social Services for help in replacing school books and uniforms for the children on the Island of Andros. 2) to St. Andrew’s Kirk (The “Kirk”) staff members for help in buying building and roofing supplies, and bedding for the poor and elderly in Bain and Grant’s town on New Providence Island.
 
Thanksgiving: bahamas2
This Thanksgiving was truly that…. A time of great thanksgiving!!
We praise the Lord that we were able to celebrate this joyous time with ALL our children, and their spouses, and ALL five (5) grandchildren under the same roof here in South Carolina.   This was an extremely special couple of days!! (ok some of you know our son John is out of the United States—- so see below how we pulled this off…)  
 
Support level update:
Praise the Lord with us as we can now see the “light at the end of the tunnel” at the close of our year of itinerating.   We have visited many wonderful places, worshipped and been fed by the Holy Spirit in many churches and had the opportunity to share our story for the Bahamas with many interesting and encouraging people. We thank you for your generosity and vision in spreading the gospel of Christ. Our Team Lead is currently in the process of moving to the Bahamas and plans to be celebrating Christmas 2016 in the Bahamas.  We are currently still in need of  $600 per month. Please consider what you and or your friend’s participation in this ministry might be. We are trusting God’s provision and are currently making plans to be with the rest of the team to make the move to the Bahamas in January 2017.
 
Commissioning Services:
We also are very excited to announce that each of our two (2) sending churches have planned commissioning services for us.  We would love each of you to be present for these as you are able!
Grace Fellowship Presbyterian in Albertville, Alabama on Sunday December 11 during the morning worship service.
Westminster Presbyterian Church in Sumter, South Carolina on Sunday December 18 during the morning worship service.
As we enter the Christmas season we want to thank our God for each of you.  Whether you are a prayer supporter, financial supporter, or a member of a supporting church we praise God that He is allowing us all to take part in this new church planting work in the Bahamas.
Thank you for being a large part of God’s plan for us to serve Christ full time overseas.
We are thankful for God’s plans, and provision for Him to be known, loved served and adored.
 
Prayer requests:
1)      Pray for remaining $600 monthly donations to come in as we prepare to move.
Our financial support basses is made up of 44 individuals and 9 churches giving either monthly, quarterly, or annually as well as many others who have given one time donations to our account through MTW.
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We praise God for such a network of supporters and partners who are trusting us and allowing us to represent them in this new work of discipleship and mentoring the next generation bringing “Thy Kingdom Come” to the Bahamas and beyond. Please continue to pray for the balance of our funds to come in, and what part you may have in this.
2)      Please pray as we return to New Providence Island on January 9th to firm up our housing and moving arrangements.
3)      Pray for us to have wisdom to know what to ship and what to buy when we get in country.
4)      Pray for our team and team leader as they start to establish relationships in Nassau and we transition from short term work to long term. Pray God draws us to Him and to each other as a team.
5)      Pray for our marriage during this time of transition that we will not neglect the Word and prayer time together in the midst of all this busyness and change.
 
Praise:
1)      Praise God He has allowed us to be involved personally in the Bahamas with five (5) work opportunities this year.  We look forward to moving and staying put for awhile in the Bahamas.
2)      Praise God for allowing us one more holiday season with our family in the States.
3)      Praise God for the two commissioning services planned for us
        December 11 at Grace Fellowship Presbyterian church in Albertville, Alabama
        December 18 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Sumter, South Carolina
4)      Praise God for His amazing provision in that all our needs have been met this year as we have been without full time employment and income since January 2016.
 
We pray you and your families are joining us with praise and worship of the King of kings this wonderful Christmas season.
 
We love you all and pray for you
 
Merry Christmas, 
 
John and Karen Stodghill  
p.s.  If you are interested in making a tax deductible gift for the holidays, head over to our page on MTW’s website. Let us know if you have any questions.
Donations address: Mission to the World,  PO Box 2589,  Suwanee, GA 30024  (please put our last name and account # on any checks  Account#17065)

Missions by India Mission Team

Category : Uncategorized

And my God will meet all of your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19

People have asked us to summarize our trip to India. While this is quite impossible to do, our response has been “Fishes and loaves.” Each ministry of Agape Bihar overwhelmingly exceeded our greatest expectations. For every hour of time invested, every dollar donated, and every prayer spoken, Jesus took the widow’s mite, the fish and the loaves, and
multiplied it.

We were blessed to be witnesses of a 250 member church, a children’s home now known as “The Lighthouse” in its village, and sewing centers bringing freedom to women through the gospel and enterprise. We met a woman who God brought from being an outcast of her village to becoming His chosen vessel of grace to this same village. We met a demoniac woman who Jesus had rescued and set free to become a child of The King. We met two beautiful, bright little girls, healthy and happy, who only 4 months ago were on the brink of death from malnutrition. And we met a man and his wife who were born into the lowest caste system in India, lost all of their worlds possessions to begin a ministry the Lord was calling them to start, Agape Bihar, and now seeing a harvest of believers experiencing daily miracles.

Incredibly amazing, now we are hearing of a modern day story of Joseph and God’s miraculous provision happening in the heart of Bihar, India through Agape Bihar ministries. Please come and listen to the testimonies of our two weeks
in India Wednesday, November 30 – 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Surfside Presbyterian Church and see if the Lord might be calling you to partner with us in this exciting new ministry! A special thank you to all who prayed, gave, and helped make this trip possible. We are unspeakably grateful for
your love and support!

Blessings in Christ,
Becky Williams, Kevin Turner and Cindy Milz


MTW missionaries – Belize update December 2016

Category : Belize

We just returned to Belize after spending 12 days in the USA for meetings and a funeral in Florida and Thanksgiving in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  The funeral was for Garry’s spiritual father, Stew Stewart, who poured countless hours discipling Garry in the faith and Christian ministry during his growing up years.  We are grateful for Stew’s friendship and display of Christian love to our family!

 Thanksgiving was spent with our three daughters, their husbands, and our five grandchildren.  This was a special treat to have three days together as a family.  It was busy, noisy, crowded, and a great time together. 

Please be praying for us as we prepare to leave Belize in January 2017 for our Home Ministry Assignment and to become more involved in the Caribbean region for MTW.  We have a full travel schedule this coming year.  Anita will go to Trinidad with a medical team on January 14th.  We will both travel to Cuba in February and Garry will also make a trip to Haiti.  Garry expects to make trips to Jamaica, Grenada, Bahamas, and Belize later in the year.    

The MTW Bahamas team will be on the field shortly.  The team leaders, Julian and Christiana Russell, will arrive before Christmas and the John and Karen Stodghill hope to arrive in January.  Please be praying for them as they make this transition and continue to assist those whose homes were damaged by Hurricane Matthew.  There is still a need for funds to assist in both Haiti and the Bahamas.  If you would like to contribute, the MTW website: www.mtw.org has a link to give online.  If you prefer to give by mail you can send a check to:  Mission to the World,

P.O. Box 2589, Suwanee, GA, 30024-0982.  The Project Account number to help with hurricane relief in the Caribbean is: 93940. 

God is moving in the Dominican Republic. MTW hopes to have a new family join the team of the Cohen and Cedeño families in the future and God is opening opportunities for theological education and church planting.  We are excited to see what God has planned. 

We do not often have to ask for new support or one-time gifts to our account because we have such a great support team.  However, we are in need of one-time gifts to help offset travel expenses.  If you could make a year-end gift this year it would be a great help.  Thank you so much for your faithful giving both financially and especially in prayer.  The website and address above is the same for our personal support account, however be sure to mark it for the “Chambers, account #11114.” 

We pray that you will have a blessed Christmas as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior!

Luke 2:6-7
6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Garry and Anita