Week of Prayer : Lynch, Kentucky Mission Team : Day #5

Today is a full day for the team. A lot is happening throughout the day. The team will be wrapping up their work, which has consisted of painting, bathroom renovation, cleaning, cooking meals, sorting clothes, just to name a few.  After lunch, the team is planning to tour the local mine that has been closed for years. This will give the team a chance to take in some of the history of Lynch, as well as be a time of relaxation and rest before sharing a meal together as a team at a local restaurant.  Pray for a restful night for the team.

Week of Prayer : Lynch, Kentucky Mission Team : Day #4

Work continues today. Today is the team’s last full day of work. Please pray for the Lewis’s, the Sims, and the Fitzwater’s today. Please pray the Lord will strengthen their call to minister to the people of Appalachia. Continue to pray for the team’s physical strength, families back home, and their witness. Ask God to plant within the team a joy and  passion for missions that is noticable. Pray for a restful night for the team.

Week of Prayer : Lynch, Kentucky Mission Team : Day #3

Work continues today. By now, the team has a good idea of what the week will hold for them. Pray for their physical health as we ask the Lord for an injury-free week. Pray for their spiritual health as they are encouraged and challenged by ministry opportunities. Pray for their emotional health as they deal with being away from their families. Pray for their time of worship tonight as they are refreshed and recharged. Pray for a restful night for the team.

Week of Prayer : Lynch, Kentucky Mission Team : Day #2

Work begins today.  The Lynch  Team is working with three separate ministries in Lynch and the surrounding areas.  The team will be working with NAMB Mission Service Corps volunteers George & Robin Lewis (Freedom Center), Jeff & Linda Sim (Heritage Ministries), and John & Melissa Fitzwater (Loaves and Fishes). Please pray for a  cooperative spirit, flexibility, and  patience for the team as the work week unfolds. Also, pray for the    relationships that will be built among the team and the residents of Lynch. Pray for a restful night for the team.

Location, Location, Location

Port Royal Baptist Church is uniquely situated for ministry opportunity. I believe the placement of our church has nothing to do with chance. I believe the placement of our church has nothing to do with luck. Instead, I believe that we are where we are for a reason. I believe that we have been planted and given a certain responsibility for the care of this community. If you’ve never been to Port Royal Baptist Church, allow me explain a little bit about our location.

Stepping out of the front door and looking to the left, there is a major highway connecting the town of Port Royal with the city of Beaufort. Across that highway are two apartment buildings. The first is a senior adult community that we have just recently been able to involve ourselves in. The other, next door to the first, is an apartment building with a mixture of singles, families, and seniors. Our church has had a presence here for over five years and continues to be active here to this day.  Stepping out the front door and looking to the right, there is Naval Hospital Beaufort. Aboard this military base you will find housing for both singles and families. At times in the past, our members who are in the military have lived here. Stepping out the front and looking directly to the front, you will see a park that is maintained by the town of Port Royal. There are two things worth mentioning about this park. First, a skate park was built here several years ago that gives  kids who enjoy skateboarding a place to go. There are always kids there. We are expecting a door to open to be able to reach them. Second, this park hosts a farmers market that runs year round.  Every Saturday morning vendors set up in the park and sell everything from vegetables to fresh shrimp, bread to plants and flowers, barbecue to olive oil. Our church has been able to be establish a presence here during the summer months giving away free cold water to both vendors and customers. This farmers market draws a large crowd every week.

The exciting part is that all of this takes place at our doorsteps. Literally. Our parking lot serves as parking for the market every Saturday. Directly behind the church is an apartment complex in which we have been praying for an opportunity to establish a presence and a witness of the gospel. Our prayers have been answered and we have been able to host a block party here recently and meet the residents and their families.  Also, within a half-mile of the church, there are at least three other multi-housing units. Port Royal Baptist Church is just over a mile from the front gate of the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island. We are praying for an opportunity to open up to that would enable us to minister to the families aboard the depot.

I said all of that to say this. It’s all about placement. Boundless opportunity surrounds us. Our mission field is right here. I believe that God has uniquely positioned us here to significantly impact our community. If you have never been to Port Royal Baptist Church, I hope this helps you understand where we are. If you have been to Port Royal Baptist Church, have you noticed what is around you? When you drive to the church building for scheduled services, do you realize that you pass through a mission field on your way in? Do you notice the potential that the Lord has laid at our feet? We have a people to reach. I am excited about the potential. I am excited about the opportunity before us. I love this town. I love this church. I love these people. May God enable us to reach them.

Week of Prayer : Lynch, Kentucky Mission Team : Day #6

Day #6: Today will be a day of travel for the Lynch Team. They will be packing up and heading home around 8:00am. Pray for safe travels. Pray for the  missionaries remaining on the field in Lynch. Pray that the team’s labor of love this week will make a difference years and years into the future. Pray for the team members who have ministry roles tomorrow (preaching, teaching, etc) as they make the necessary preparations for roles at home.  Also, pray for the team as they will be sharing with the congregation on Wednesday what the Lord did in and through them this week.

Week of Prayer : Lynch, Kentucky Mission Team : Day #5

Day #5: Today is a full day for the team. A lot is happening throughout the day. The team will be wrapping up their work, which has consisted of painting, bathroom renovation, cleaning, cooking meals, to name a few. Today is Good Friday. After lunch, the team will be participating in a community outreach event in the local town park. Today’s event will be an Easter egg hunt followed by the Easter story, shared  in word and in skit by our teenagers. The team will travel to the local state park for a time of relaxation and rest before sharing a meal together as a team at a local restaurant. Please pray for those the team comes into contact with during the outreach event. Pray the Lord will move in a mighty way among those attending. Pray for opportunities to share the gospel.  Pray for a restful night for the team.

Week of Prayer : Lynch, Kentucky Mission Team : Day #4

Day #4: Work continues today. Today is the team’s last full day of work. Please pray for the Lewis’s, the Sims, and the Fitzwaters today. Please pray the Lord will strengthen their call to minister to the people of Appalachia. Continue to pray for the team’s physical strength, families back home, and their witness. Please pray for our teenagers as they prepare for a ministry  opportunity tomorrow. Ask God to plant within the team a joy and  passion for missions that is  inextinguishable. Pray for a restful night for the team.

Week of Prayer : Lynch, Kentucky Mission Team : Day #3

Day #3: Work continues today. By now, the team has a good idea of what the week will hold for them. Pray for their physical health as we ask the Lord for an injury-free week. Pray for their spiritual health as they are encouraged and challenged by ministry                     opportunities. Pray for their emotional health as they deal with being away from their families. Pray for their time of worship tonight as they are refreshed and recharged. Pray for a restful night for the team.

Week of Prayer : Lynch, Kentucky Mission Team : Day #2

Day #2:  Work begins today.  The Lynch  Team is working with three separate ministries in Lynch and the surrounding areas.  The team will be working with NAMB Mission Service Corps volunteers George & Robin Lewis (Freedom Center), Jeff & Linda Sim (Heritage Ministries), and John & Melissa Fitzwater (Loaves and Fishes). Please pray for a  cooperative spirit, flexibility, and  patience for the team as the work week unfolds. Also, pray for the    relationships that will be built among the team and the residents of Lynch. Pray for a restful night for the team.