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Turning the Tables - Our Prayer

Rich Davis on October 11, 2019

I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ (Philippians 1:3-6).

Rather than ask for prayer in this communication, we decided to “turn the tables” and reveal to you how we are praying:

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For America

We are far away from America, as usual, but we are not unaware of the tremendous turmoil that seems to be tearing our country apart. While the same thing is true in many parts of the world, we cannot help praying especially for our homeland.

As the hatred and insanity increase each day, we pray that many would begin searching for the true truth which is Jesus Christ as revealed in the Scriptures. America does deserve judgment and we are certainly reaping what we have sowed as a nation, but the purpose of judgment is to produce repentance.

The 1960’s was a turbulent time in America and that is exactly when Jo Ann and I came to Christ. The world was such a mess that there had to be a better answer – and there was and is. We pray that out of this current mess, the Lord would draw many unto Himself.

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For You

Supporting churches

When Jo Ann and I were given new life in Christ in the 60’s, many things changed in our lives. First, we began searching the Scripture and secondly, we began going to a good church (Trinity Baptist Church) where we were discipled. Now, 50 years later, the turmoil has heated up and our prayer is that the Lord would again reap a harvest so that churches would grow and disciple a whole new crop of believers.

The Church has the answer for our dysfunctional society, and it is not found in politics, government, self-help strategies, legal or illegal drugs, social media, education, etc. The mission of the church is to reveal Jesus Christ to the world and the life that He has provided for us as we live in obedience to His Word. We pray that each of our supporting churches would experience the blessing of seeing souls being regenerated by the Spirit as the Scripture is preached and then lived out by believers in every area of life.

We thank the Lord for all the churches that partner with us as Paul mentions in Philippians chapter one. What a great day of opportunity each church has to grow stronger as the difference between the church and the world comes into such sharp focus.

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Friends

Jo Ann and I are so blessed to have friends scattered all around the world. The overwhelming majority of you are serving the Lord according to His call and we find ourselves thanking the Lord for each of you. We pray for those who have ministries in challenging places and in difficult circumstances. We pray for you who are living your faith out in different settings in the homeland while being faithful to our Lord. For we are God’s fellow workers(1 Cor 2:9).

There is a group of friends who the Lord has moved to partner with us not only in prayer but also financially. We pray for each of you and your families that the Lord would meet your every need. When we are aware of special health needs or perhaps other special needs, we bring those things before the Throne of Grace.

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Family

Without a doubt, all of us pray for our families. The Lord has given Jo Ann and I three beautiful and precious daughters and eight grandchildren. We pray daily that all our children and grandchildren would walk in the light of Scripture and that their lives would give evidence beyond just words that they are indeed disciples of Jesus Christ.

Our youngest daughter, Rachelle, is dealing with the fallout of circumstances including the death of one of her sons. At this point, the most effective things we can do for her is pray, listen, and counsel - and we do.

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For Our Ministry

The Imago Dei Baptist Church

Our hearts are overflowing with joy as last Sunday (October 6. 2019) the church was officially organized! This special event occurred on the one-year anniversary of our meeting in the rented facilities in Ciocana which is a neighborhood in the capital city of Chișinău, Moldova. Jo Ann and I had the smallest part in this wonderful work just as the Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Cor. 1:5-9:

What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building.

Together with a wonderful and faithful team of Moldovan believers and leaders, we served to see this church take root. Please click here to see some pictures of the big day! God is giving the growth and we are on our way to “punching holes in the darkness” in Chișinău. The next big event for Imago Dei Baptist Church is the ordination of the pastor, Mihai Chisari, in November. Our prayers for Mihai and the church include asking the Lord to draw individuals and families to the church where they might hear the gospel clearly proclaimed and be saved. Our prayer goes something like Paul’s prayer in Col 1:9-12:

And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy; giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.

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The Christian University (UDG)

The heart of our prayers for the ministry at the university concern the students primarily. We ask the Lord to allow us to be good models for the students and to give them the biblical tools that they will need as they scatter to places like Central Asia and Eastern Europe following graduation.

This semester, Rich is teaching Evangelism for the Islamic World. God is opening a wide door in Central Asia and the Middle East for the gospel and the opportunity to prepare young Christian leaders to penetrate the darkness there is vital. We thank the Lord constantly for the privilege of making disciples who will also make disciples in some of the neediest places on the planet.

Rich is also co-teaching a Pastoral Theology class with one of the founders of this university. The course is divided into three sections and Rich will be teaching the section related to developing missions in the churches where these students will pastor or serve. As one of my study Bibles says And, this mission is from everywhere to everywhere.” Every church everywhere is sent to continue Jesus’ ministry (John 20:21) and everyone is called to the ministry (1 Peter 4:10). We are asking the Lord to guide in the development of this section of the pastoral theology course and then use the training to be effective in the lives of the students.

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For Our Financial Support

One of the blessings and challenges of life is that it is never stagnant because stagnant is basically dead! Financially, there are increases in areas like health insurance. Sometimes a partner church or individual is not able to continue their financial support.

Given that there are changes in life, we now find ourselves about 10% below the minimum support level set for us by the ABWE Finance Department. In God’s marvelous way and in His perfect time, He has always provided our needs. Just two years ago we were at full support by His grace and the love of many churches and friends. We are asking the Lord to bring us back to full support once more and joyfully waiting to be surprised by how He will do it again!