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Prayer Request

Please pray for Rev. Jim Mitchell and his family. Their house house was hit by a flash flood/mud slide in Tryon, NC.

Crystal writes, “I never realized how fast it could happen. It was fine and then less than a minute later we were terrified. Jim was not home, but the kids and I were. We were able to escape through the woods and hiked to safety, but not without many difficulties and dangers. It was flooding everywhere but not like at our house. Emmy carried Paxton most of the way and I carried Lydia who has a broken foot as long as possible while Rhett carried her crutches. The kids were amazing. We had to crawl, jump, climb, and make very difficult decisions. There were times when I didn’t know what to do due to the flooding around us. We stopped and prayed about each time I couldn’t make a decision and then we would decide. Each time it was the right decision and at least one of those decisions made wrong would have killed us (knowing what we know now). The Lord protected us each step of the way and it was so wonderfully and blatantly obvious. Neighbors that we didn’t know but who were so kind and gracious took us in and sheltered us for the night. Today we saw our house. The basement is full of mud, along with one of the bedrooms. One daughter lost everything including a pet that she loved very much. “

Big News

With the 214th General Synod meeting almost two weeks away, we have exciting news coming Monday, May 21.

Be sure to register for Synod and reserve a room through Bonclarken. You can find out more details here.

 

World Focus 2018

Want to learn more about other cultures? Learn from our missionaries at World Focus 2018. Ever wonder what our ARP agencies are all about? All of them will be under one roof!  Find out more at: http://worldfocus2018.com

Home. Abroad. Engage.

May/June ARP Magazine

Here is the May/June ARP Magazine.

Be sure to read the cover story on page 24. The Moderator’s Challenge begins on page 4 followed by Rev. Tom Shoger’s Synod Emphasis article. There are lots of exciting news bits from each agency. Learn more about the upcoming Synod meeting on page 9. Synod’s Worship Committee along with the Special Committee on the Directory of Private and Family Worship have a new series beginning on page 18. Learn ways to love your neighbors this summer on page 22.

Don’t miss an issue. Contact our office if you would like to receive a complimentary print copy or to subscribe!

Day of Prayer & Fasting

Call for a Day of Prayer & Fasting

As we learned last week, Andrew Brunson, former ARP minister and missionary to Turkey (presently a member of the EPC) and son of Ron and Pam Brunson, who has been unjustly imprisoned, has been indicted. His court date is April 16 at 9 a.m. Turkish time and 2 a.m. EST. No evidence has been put forth to substantiate any of the accusations against Pastor Brunson.

Therefore, following the example of our own Mississippi Valley Presbytery, as Moderator of General Synod, I call for a day of prayer and fasting, on Saturday, April 7, in advance of Andrew’s court date.

Please consider taking a portion or the whole day to fast and pray as able. Pray that Andrew’s attorney will be allowed to access files that have been sealed to this point and review the evidence in order to prepare a proper and effective defense. Pray that our own national leaders including incoming Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, and the President, will engage effectively with the Turkish government to secure Andrew’s release and safe return home. Let us set apart April 7 as a day to unite our voices again on behalf of Andrew Brunson and let us not despise the day of small things!

Lee Shelnutt, Moderator of General Synod

 

 

A Day of Prayer & Fasting

Moderator Calls for a Day of Prayer & Fasting

As we learned last week, Andrew Brunson, former ARP minister and missionary to Turkey (presently a member of the EPC) and son of Ron and Pam Brunson, who has been unjustly imprisoned, has been indicted. His court date is April 16 at 9 a.m. Turkish time and 2 a.m. EDT. No evidence has been put forth to substantiate any of the accusations against Pastor Brunson.

Therefore, following the example of our own Mississippi Valley Presbytery, as Moderator of General Synod, I call for a day of prayer and fasting, on Saturday, April 7, in advance of Andrew’s court date.

Please consider taking a portion or the whole day to fast and pray as able. Pray that Andrew’s attorney will be allowed to access files that have been sealed to this point and review the evidence in order to prepare a proper and effective defense. Pray that our own national leaders including incoming Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, and the President, will engage effectively with the Turkish government to secure Andrew’s release and safe return home. Petition unto the Lord on behalf of Andrew that his faith would remain strong and that the comfort of the Scriptures and Holy Spirit would sustain him, on behalf of his family bidding their anxious fears be stilled, on behalf of Andrew’s captors that their hearts be changed, and on behalf of his fellow prisoners and others that the light of the Gospel would penetrate their souls and that they be brought to a saving faith in Jesus Christ.

As you make these petitions, remember all of our brothers and sisters throughout the world who suffer under the hand of oppressors and enemies of the Gospel. Pray that the Lord would hear our cries, that the schemes of the evil one will be thwarted, and that the cross of Christ would be lifted high through faithful Christian witness. Pray that this persecution would give courage and boldness to other workers in the Muslim world. Pray to the end that one day it will be certain that, the kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever.

Let us set apart April 7 as a day to unite our voices again on behalf of Andrew Brunson and let us not despise the day of small things!

 

Moderator Lee Shelnutt

 

 

Prayer Requests

Stephen Jordan

Please pray for Reverend Stephen Jordan. He has injured the muscles in his lower back. The pain has been unbearable. He can barely walk, sleep, or get comfortable. He has not been able to pastor and it has been over a week. He has seen a doctor twice, an orthopedic and a chiropractor. His spine is fine so it is muscular. Rev. Jordan says, “Thank you for your love and support. I don’t know when this trial will end. This has been the most pain I have ever experienced, but I am leaning on Christ more and more every day.”

Lee Shelnutt

“Dear ARP family, I want to thank you all for your well wishes, messages, prayers, and love. As many of you know, I had a follow-up surgery this past Friday to deal with kidney stone issues. I am grateful to report that the surgery went wonderfully well. There wasn’t significant scar tissue and the doctor was able to remove two stones. I still have one in a kidney, but that wasn’t the main concern this go round. I’m well on the road to what the doctor says will be a quick recovery and possibly treatment to help me produce less in the future. I am blessed to have you all as dear family and friends. No matter what the outcome may have been, God was and would have been gracious to me and worthy of all thanks and praise. SDG!”

 

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Committee on Nominations

Urgent Request!

Recommendations are needed for the Committee on Nominations to complete their work.

The Committee on Nominations asks that you prayerfully consider those who might serve our denomination, specifically for the following boards and committees:

Benefits
Dunlap
Stewardship
Ecclesiastical Commission on Judiciary Affairs
Inter-Church Relations
Revision
Worship
Synod Reading Clerk
Synod Assistant Clerk


If you know of someone who is qualified and willing to serve in any of these areas, please forward a recommendation form to Cindy Scott. You can find details on requirements for each board and committee plus the necessary forms here.(http://arpchurch.org/nominations/)

Email it to Cindy Scott (cscott@arpsynod.org) immediately.

 The deadline to submit recommendations is April 1.

Thank you for prayerfully considering those who might serve our denomination.