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  • Romans 13:9-10 February 21, 2018
    “The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.”

Ministry Update as of 2-28-2017

Here’s an example of where Grace Valley Ministries can make a difference.

An associate pastor writes:
“We were let go on a Friday, abruptly, and suddenly, almost without warning, by the deacons and the brand new pastor. They informed the congregation at the last Sunday service two days later. We served this church for many years and were loved and cherished by the people. We were obviously hurt, and sadly, the people at the church were very hurt and shocked by this as well. This has wounded us more deeply than we’ve realized. We didn’t know how tired we were until we were released from the church, so I’m using this “in-between time” intentionally to seek healing & rest in the Lord. We are, by God’s grace, trying to put it behind us and to press forward to what God may have for us in the future.”

Sadly experiences like this happen more often than you may know. Pray for this couple as they will be coming to the Oasis for a few days and receiving some counsel and rest. We look forward to having our first cottage built so we can even more effectively meet the needs of pastors like this.

Meanwhile, some volunteers came this month to help us install the silt fencing necessary for the roadwork and grading on our property. More remains to be done and we look forward to continued progress. Pray for Ken Stumbo as he heads up these efforts and as he works with our contractor. And pray for God’s provision. We are praying to be able to break ground on the first cabin sometime this year.

A pastor from one of our John 17:23 pastors groups who has spearheaded large area-wide National Day of Prayer gatherings in two other cities where he ministered previously now wants to do the same in our area. He is currently serving as the group leader for our Holly Springs group and hosts that group in his church. We anticipate filling his 500 seat worship center on Sunday evening, March 7th with participants from various churches across our area taking part in the service. It will be a night of worship and prayer alone. Meanwhile, this pastor felt led to give the offering for the evening to Grace Valley Ministries. Even better, we’ll be given the opportunity to do a brief presentation of our work just before that offering. Pray for divine appointments that evening and that God will raise up additional ministry partners who catch the vision for the difference we can make in the lives of pastors and ministry leaders.

On another front, we now have two Resident Barnabas’ identified and ready to go into action. Both of these will oversee two or three of the current groups we’ve established which will help relieve me to reach out further into other surrounding communities. One of those RBs is longtime friend, former pastor, and GVM board member, Mike Teston. Mike, who also has a ministry of family counseling and individual coaching is excited about the vision. Our goal with Barnabas Ministries is that no pastor is without a group, so our current 13 groups barely scratch the surface of the need that exists. Continue to pray for the expanding influence of these groups of pastors meeting together.

Thanks for faithfully holding us up as we minister to pastors and ministry leaders both locally and those he brings to us. You have no idea what a difference your prayers and financial investments are making!

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