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Sunday, 17 January 2010
Ministry Focus - BCM International - Day of Prayer and Fasting
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: BCM International


Many times folks ask how they can pray for us and our ministry. Sometimes it's not easy telling people the ins and outs of a ministry and how to exactly pray for things. I often have a hard time doing it.

I was thrilled when I got this recent email from the president of BCM International announcing the prayer requests for BCM's annual "Day of Prayer and Fasting". It made it very easy to write to you all and give you a list of things that you can pray for that has to do with our umbrella mission of BCM.

Some of these prayer requests involve things that would effect our ministry at Good News Mission. Others, although they may not have to do with our personal ministry, have to do with the ministry of other missionaries that are good friends and are near and dear to our hearts. We feel that all of BCM's ministries are important, however, so please, if you feel lead, join us on January 20th for a day of Fasting and Prayer.

Below, I have copied and pasted the letter that was sent. For some reason things don't always copy and paste well on my blog, but I think that you can easily read it. Thanks ahead of time for your prayers for our personal ministry and the ministry of BCM International.


Day of Prayer and Fasting

January 20, 2010


As we begin a new year it was determined that it would be good to start with a special day of prayer and fasting.


The thought is to allow all of us in the Global BCM Family to start 2010 with a renewed appreciation for God and His blessings and to bring our worship and thanksgiving to Him in a corporate manner.  For seventy-four years He has led this ministry.  He has provided the personnel and resources needed to touch hundreds of thousands, yea, perhaps millions of lives with the good news of Jesus Christ.  We come to celebrate His faithfulness and to offer our thanksgiving and praise.


On that day, we want to also invoke His continued blessing and ask Him to enable us, by His grace and power to continue to reach the nations of the world.  We recognize that we can do nothing in our own strength or initiative.


Prayer and the recognition of our dependence on God has been a part of BCM since its inception and it continues to this day.  That is why daily times of prayer are conducted here at our International Ministry Center coupled with a full morning of prayer on the third Wednesday of each month, spontaneous prayer requests and the weekly Prayer Link.   Our Asian Prayer Center in India hosts “prayer warriors” on a 24/7 basis.  BCM Tamil Nadu, India has a monthly day of prayer as do many other BCM global entities.  Prayer is part of who we are.


So, on January 20 we hope that you will set aside a significant portion of your day or evening to pray.  Get together with your co-workers and invite your friends and supporters to also join with you.  Let’s bombard the throne room of heaven with our praises and petitions.





1.      Pray for our global ministry – that we will be effective in making Christ known.   Colossians 4:2-6

2.      Ask the Lord to send us more missionaries.  Our greatest needs are in the USA, Canada, Europe, 

      Africa and Brazil Matthew 9:36-38

3.      Our International Board of Directors, President Marty Windle, Regional and Country Leaders

      need wisdom as they plan for the future development of our ministry.  They are asking the Lord to

      make His plan known.

4.   Pray that the Lord will meet the support need of all of our missionaries, associate missionaries and

      short-termers.  Many are experiencing some shortage due to the collapse of the global economy.

5.   Pray also that all of the “projects” will be funded.  Camp construction in West Ukraine, in Iquitos,

      Peru, and the purchase of a camp/conference center in the Republic of Ireland are just a few of

      our major projects.

6.   Give thanks for those who pray for us, support us and assist us as volunteers.

7.   Prayer for ministry

      -     Master Trainer Conference in The Netherlands – January 20-23  (at least 11 nations are


      -     Holy Land Tour – February 28 - March 11, 2010

      -     Camps and other evangelistic outreaches in the Southern Hemisphere

      -     Bible Clubs, school ministry – evangelistic and discipleship ministry

      -     Church planting efforts around the world

8.   Pray for your continent, country and area of ministry.


Let’s join our hearts together in worship and prayer expecting great things from God.


MartinWindleBEvansYours, for His glory,



Rev. Martin Windle                                                                             Rev. Bob Evans

President                                                                                             International Representative


Ephesians 3:20-21

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Saturday, 16 January 2010
New Thru 30 - Day 3 - Matthew 24:1 - 28:10 & Acts 1:1 - 4:37
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: Bible Reading & Devotions
OK, I know I'm late. I put my explanation over on my blogspot blog for why I am a couple days late in posting Day 3. I really should be on Day 5 tonight, but all of the stuff going on with my internet got me behind. I will catch  up this weekend, so if you are following along, keep checking back. Anyway, click here for the link to blogspot.

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Friday, 15 January 2010
Thursday's Child - The Disaster In Haiti
Mood:  sad
Topic: Compassion International

I blogged a few days ago about my first reaction after watching reports of the disaster in Haiti. It really made me think about my family, my ministry, my friends, and my family's Compassion International child, Marcelo. Today, I watched a heart wrenching video from Wess Stafford, the President of Compassion International, talking about Haiti and it's workers there. Here it is:



Click here or on the banner below to send donations to Compassion International for the Haiti Fund.

I have also been in contact with our mission BCM International. They also have a fund for the Haitian disaster. You can reach it by clicking here or on their banner below. It will take you to the BCM donation page. To donate, just click the box by the word "project", and simply type the word Haiti in the box by "project name" then follow the instructions. BCM has assured me that 100% of all donations designated for Haiti will reach Haiti. I am sure that is probably the case with Compassion International as well, but to be sure, please read their donation page carefully or contact them personally. 

But, please, whether you are able to donate or not, please pray for the people of Haiti. Pray for the Christian workers from BCM International that are there and for the workers from other organizations like Compassion International. We may not all be able to donate financially, but we can all pray, and that is what these people need most. With God all things are possible.

"For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them."

Matthew 18:20 - New International Version



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Thursday's Child is going to be a day late!
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: Compassion International


Because of some internet issues yesterday, and because of my TOS Homeschool Crew obligations, I am going to wait until tomorrow to post my Thursday's Child - Compassion International post. I've been thinking about how we can donate to help the folks in Haiti. I'll give you more on this tomorrow.

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Thursday, 14 January 2010
Got a Guitar Anyone? - Jean Welles Worship Guitar Class Vol. 1
Mood:  happy
Topic: Homeschool Product Review


One of the great things about being on the TOS Homeschool Crew is that everything is prayed over. Since The Old Schoolhouse is a Christian company, the TOS Crew leaders pray over the vendors, the reviewers, the children using the products, the people that read the reviews, they pray for it all. They even pray that we who are doing the reviews will get just the products that God knows that we need. Sometimes we get products that stretch us. Sometimes we recieve an item that we would have never picked on our own, but God knew that we needed. Sometimes a package will come with a product that we have always wanted, but we would never buy since we are on a limited budget. This is one of those products.

John Allen has always wanted to learn how to play the guitar but we knew that at this time we couldn't afford the lessons or, for that matter, even a guitar. When I heard that we were on the list to receive Jean Welles Worship Guitar Class Vol. 1, both John Allen and I were ecstatic! Now the problem was to find a guitar. Sarah and I debated about buying, renting, or borrowing a guitar, but didn't know which way to go. After prayer and a little asking around, we found a good friend who had a guitar that we could borrow. Now all we were waiting for was the DVD to arrive. When it came, we were not disappointed. 

We love, love, love this product.  These lessons are geared toward older children and adults, and by the time you get done with this seven lesson course, you will have learned around nine different chords, seven different songs, and six different strumming techniques. The really neat thing about it is that it is all Christian. Jean Welles begins the video with her testimony of how she began playing the guitar, and in particular Christian music. She goes on by encouraging all students to pray before each lesson and practice, and to play as if playing for the Lord. 

Another really great thing about these lessons is that you are playing a song on the very first day. She begins by teaching you the parts of the guitar and how to hold the guitar. She then progresses to how to tune your guitar. Finally, she begins teaching you chords and strumming techniques. Since Jean Welles has a degree in music and has extensive classical guitar and professional guitar experience, she is very qualified to teach. You might think that this course would be very heavy and perhaps difficult, but Ms. Welles explains everything clearly and she has such a demeanor about her that learning is not difficult at all. The close up shots of her hands and how to position them for each chord and strumming technique were also very helpful. John Allen and I were both playing a song the first time that we looked at a lesson. One great thing about a DVD (and Ms. Welles even encourages this) is that you can stop and rewind when you want to listen to something over again, or just stop to practice a while before going back. But, don't just take my word for it, here is a short clip telling about this great series. Quick note before you watch, since this video was made, Vol. 4 has been added, and they no longer carry the VHS format. The quality on the real video will also be much better. This is just a streamed YouTube video. All else is the same.




The DVD comes with an accompanying book that has everything that the teacher is teaching down in black and white for those who may be more visual learners. It even has diagrams of the things that she is talking about, and the songs with the chord charts above them. 

The Worship Guitar Class Vol. 1 is the first volume in a four volume series. Volume 1 takes you from being a beginner to an intermediate proficiency level, Vol. 2 is for intermediate and advanced players, and Vol. 3 has lessons that cover intermediate, advanced and expert songs.  In Vol. 4, you will be learning chord families, how to find a chord in various places on the fretboard, and even how to make instrumental arrangements. By the end of all four volumes, you will have learned over 60 chords, 30 strumming and fingerpicking patterns, and 28 praise and worship songs! Although the books are only in English, each DVD has a choice of hearing the lessons in either English or Spanish. The website offers various kits and packages with the prices as follows:

  • DVD 1 + 1 Book - $29.95
  • DVD 2 + 1 Book - $29.95
  • DVD 3 + 1 Book - $29.95
  • DVD 4 + 1 Book - $29.95
  • All 4 DVD's plus bonus DVD's $99.80
  • All 4 DVD's plus bonus DVD's and Books $119.80
  • Books alone are $5.95 a piece per volume, or you can order 10 for $59.50 and get two free for a total of 12 books. This is handy if you want to teach a class with many students. One DVD is needed to teach the class, then the students can each have a book to take home and practice with.
  • Various package deals listed on her website include guitars, guitar stands, tuners, all DVD's and books, + more and range in price from $197.58 - $299.00 depending on the size and quality of the guitar.
There are many, many other music lessons that you can purchase on her website including piano, drum, and voice. To go to the website, just click here or on any one of the hi-lighted links above. To read what the other TOS Crew members have to say about this product, click here. Ms. Welles also has a series of guitar lessons for young children that are going to be reviewed soon by some of the other crew members, so keep checking back often for those reviews. This is another one of those products that can be used by homeschoolers and non-homeschoolers alike, so I won't say "happy homeschooling", but, remember what I always tell you? "We may not all be home schoolers, but we are all home educators". So, this time I'll say "Happy Home Educating".

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