Thanks for your prayers. My January requests are in regular font below, my updates are in italics.
Throughout January – The Elders of Hockinson Community Church, where I have been serving as part-time interim pastor, will be making several significant decisions related to calling their next pastor. Pray for unity and clarity as they (including me) work through this process. We have a leading candidate! The elders and our wives and him and his wife will be having a meal together on Feb 7th. Please pray that these first in-person relational connections are very positive.
January 6 – Pray for the impact of the conversation with Will Plitt, from Christ Together, as referred to above. We had a very good call. Good information and connections.
January 8-10 – Jody Mayhew and I will be facilitating the Modesto Prayer Summit. This will be for both men and women – sometimes together and sometimes apart. Pray for clear leading and clear following on the part of the facilitators and the participants. Even though our time at this summit was shortened because of the weather-delayed flight out of Portland, God met us quickly and deeply. The Modesto leadership team has asked us to be there again next year.
January 24-27 – I will be participating in the National Prayer Committee’s annual meetings in San Diego. Please pray for good connections as well as good take-aways.
A very special time even though the Chairman of the NPC, Dave Butts, announced that he has a rare form of leukemia. We had good prayer for him, our country, etc. And we enjoyed Anne Graham Lotz as she challenged us on our prayer commitments from Daniel 9 & 10.
January 27-29 – I will be in Tucson, AZ for a prayer weekend at Fellowship Bible Church. Pray this congregation will take significant steps forward in prayer because of these three short days together. This was a very special weekend. I shared Friday night on personal prayer, Saturday night on corporate prayer, Sunday morning on the relational nature of prayer. On Sunday evening this congregation took a great step in developing strong corporate prayer. I will be returning there again in April.
As I look at February, here are the events I would ask you to cover in prayer.
Feb 3 – Please pray for the “phonecast” mentioned above. Pray it will advance His work in many cities.
Feb 7 – Pray that the time with the leading candidate for Hockinson Community Church will go very well.
Feb 11 – Pray for a key meeting to advance prayer in Clark County.
Feb 19 – Pray as I preach at Powellhurst Baptist Church in Portland.
Feb 20-22 – The Grays Harbor Summit… and
Feb 27- March 1 – The Boise Summit. Pray that these two long-term summits would see significant times of His refreshment in them. And pray I would be sensitive to His Spirit in the process.