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Kids Can Catch Up and Have Fun
kids_-_silver_hose.jpg Bryan, OH Church of the Nazarene invested the summer interrupting the gap that may grow when a child falls behind at school. Children’s pastor Marianne McCord directs a 3-day a week, 6-week ministry adventure. The faith-based camp called REACH has a goal of providing academic support and life skills to children entering 1st and 2nd grades.

Three ladies who are a part of the LTWM family served as staff members for one week of REACH – Charlene Flint, Charissa Rankin, and Chelsea Huff. The three school teachers gave a portion of their summer break working with the congregation that offers ministry that is “open to Bryan students of any faith.” Mrs. McCord and Pastor Roger Blough’s vision is “to just seek a way to meet needs in the community.”

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Alive's 1st Recording

alive_-_making_cd_010.jpgMonth after month people asked Mandy, Staci, and Christin, “When are you ladies going to have a recording?” With the assistance of Riversong Recording Studio, ratherthan responding to the question with words, ALIVE can hand the inquirers a CD!

Riversong’s Malcolm Davis generously shared his time and expertise. His spinning dials and the trio’s hours of work result in ALIVE In Worship. The eight songs include some of the LTWM team’s favorites – Let the Worshippers Arise; My Jesus, I Love Thee; Revelation Song.
 
If you’d like to receive a copy of ALIVE In Worship, Click Here to send a message to Bob.  
 
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Mission Trip to Mississippi’s Gulf Coast

On a hot, July Saturday evening, 8 people met at Gulfport, MS.  Some arrived via plane, while others traveled to the Gulf Coast in the LTWM van.  They congregated in Mississippi for one purpose-to touch significantly people in churches that are still recovering from the 2006 Hurricane Katrina.  When the final of the 8 departed the Gulfport Airport early Monday morning, August 4, LTWM sensed it had been an instrument that the King used to remind some of His children that they are loved.

Those who made up the MISSION TEAM included:  Heather and Jenny Kibbey; Becky Eichorn; Mandy, Jami and Kendal Litzke; Joel Herr; and Bob Flint.  What they discovered is that opening a can of paint can result in the opening of hearts.  To read about some of the details of what occurred in Gulfport, Pascagoula, and Hattiesburg, read the other articles below. 

Significant ministry is ALWAYS A PARTNERSHIP.  To all of you who invested in this mission effort by praying and donating money, the 8 LTWM MISSION TEAM members say THANK YOU!

GULFPORT, MS
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Our new friends, Pastor Walt and Donna Thompson, saw to it that all 4 days with them were filled with laughter, tears of joy and shared sorrow.  Though the hours together were limited, those times of experiencing Christ’s love quickly melt hearts into one.

For us Northerners, the morning and afternoon work projects were hot and steamy!  The Gulfport Nazarene Church was anticipating the opening of the new facility on August 16-17, so the LTWM team assisted with some of the final details.  Weeding flowerbeds, setting posts for signs, cleaning, and moving furniture can be quite rewarding. 

The daytime labors were not limited to facilities.  There was also the investment in people.  Publicity materials about Gulfport Nazarene’s re-opening were distributed in 5 housing developments within 2 miles of the church’s facility.  800-900 homes were offered invitations to make the church their home.

Each evening was a time of re-fueling, physically and spiritually.  ALIVE’s music ministry and Bob’s teaching of the Word pointed us to the reality that God holds all of us in His hands.  Before LTWM parted early Wednesday afternoon, the team and the Thompsons gathered for a time of prayer-precious minutes containing expressions of praise for the Kingdom-building opportunities and asking the Father to use the efforts to accomplish His work His way.

 

Pascagoula, MS
Pastor Myron Hairston, a one-of-a-kind guy, touched the LTWM team deeply.  Spending two days with him, the 8 of us understood why God had placed this joy-filled servant at this Church of the Nazarene.  The Pascagoula congregation knew from a first-hand experience what wind-driven seawaters can do to property.  
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The Wednesday evening gathering was filled with the presence of the Spirit.  Worshiping in song and listening to the preached Word led to the people of God reflecting on what He has done, celebrating for who He currently is, and anticipating how He will demonstrate His power in the future.  

Thursday had a humbling surprise for the mission team.  Simple, every day responsibilities can be a blessing to some.  In Christ’s Kingdom, painting trim, cleaning, and yard work are much more than “something to do.”  They are an avenue for making an eternal investment.

 

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Pastor Kermit Hudson and the believers of 1st Church of the Nazarene warmly opened their doors to the LTWM team on Sunday morning.  A full week of work and worship in Mississippi came to a completion as the North and the South gathered in the name of Jesus.

Young and old experienced unity of Spirit as the “new songs”, led by the youth were voiced.  The togetherness of the Cross was demonstrated as the “old hymns” were then lifted in praise.  The testimony of one following the Christ-centered gathering – “we felt such a refreshing Spirit today!”

It’s true- Christ breaks down all barriers that could divide (Ephesians 2:14-16). 
North and South – NO!
Young and Old – NO!
Denomination and Independent – NO!
Peace and Joy in Christ - YES!

 
Junior Higher Catches What Christlike Vision Really Is

During a recent revival, 14-year old Ashley listened intently as Bob preached from the Sermon on the Mount. 

At school the following day this young follower of Jesus penned a writing that connected Christ's words and the world where she lives. What you see is the original work of this young lady.


What Do you Really See?

Don't you ever wonder, what human beings think
For example, a shadow, that cast in front of me
The rain, that glissens, until it shatters, on the ground
A person that smiles until of which they are brought down.

Why hurt, why deceitful, why discouraged, do you see?
For all along the answer lie in front of you and me
People are predjudice, they are mean, but if they new of one thing.

The Bible, a path, and if was followed, would make the world sing.
It hurts me to know that people like me are hurt every day.
If people stopped, didn't judge and listened to what they had to say
What people saw would be different ...
just like having new eyes.
More benevolence, more friends, and best of all, less cries.



What a way to live! 
  "The Bible a path to be followed"
  "Having new eyes...more benevolence, more friends and less cries."


 
Bob Connects With Former Students
A great delight of the Spring 08 revival schedule had Bob leading a renewal effort at two churches whose pastors are his former students.

bob_pastor_carol_1.jpg Through the Northwest Ohio District Nazarene Ministry Development Center Carol Tumbleson and John Heuring began their pursuit of ordination.  Carol's completion of the course of study was accomplished on that OH district.  John completed his studies on the Maine District.

Carol pastors the Countryside Church of the Nazarene, Willshire, OH.  Prior to that she served as an associate pastor in Payne, Ohio.  Ordained in 2006.  She is investing in Kingdom building at a church very close to where she grew up.  LTWM's weekend at Willshire was a time of encouragement.  The people of the Countryside Church were inspired, but a further highlight for Bob was seeing Pastor Carol fulfill God's calling on her life.  Though her years of preparation included times of opposition and great challenge, her perserverence motivated her peers in the classroom.  The past two years have been filled with change.  Let's agree to pray for Carol as the Holy Spirit reminds us. 

Dixfield, ME is where John and Pat call home.  Having been in Maine for four years, John has been pastor at the Dixfield Nazarene Church for two of those years.  John's story is a thrilling one.  Bob's priviledge was to be the instructor for Pastor John's first class in the course of study.  During a meeting prior to that class with Bob, John explained how he was unable to read and write. Heeding Bob's advise to "Never QUIT!" John completed his course work in May 2007.  He was ordained on May 15, 2008.
 

WAY TO GO JOHN! 


A highlight for Bob during the renewal gathering in Dixfield was worshipping our gracious God as
John read the account of Pentecost to his congregation.  It is true-NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD!
John and Pat are a unique couple that God is using in a unique way.  In our hearts let's continue to exhort them to NEVER QUIT advancing the Kingdom.
 
 
Renewal

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The Gavers, Bob and Connie, faithful supporters of LTWM, enabled the week at Lakeville, MA to be a time of ministrythat was a bit out of the norm.   The gatherings of the Body of Christ each evening were electric.  The presence of the Spirit was manifested as numerous people came together to hear what God had to say to His people.  When the open Book intersects with open hearts, the King's reign is realized.

The hours prior to each evening's worship and instruction were spent in cleaning and painting the Lakeville Nazarene parsonage. The Gavers, Pastor Tom and Wendy Heim, their son Derrick, and Bob formed a formidable team! 

bob_spraying_1.jpg Power-washing and painting the house, trimming and planting the flowerbeds transformed the property.  A new brightness shines through the Kingdom people in Lakeville and from some of the church's property there.

To Bob and Connie Gaver - THANK YOU!

LTWM's influence takes on a whole new perspective because "whatever you did for the brother, you did for Jesus."
(Matthew 26:40).  
 

 
Charissa-Flint #4 Graduates from MVNU

clarissa_grad_1.jpgThe entire Flint family now has diplomas from Mount Vernon Nazarene University hanging on their walls.  Charissa received a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education during commencement exercises on May 18, 2008.  Upon accepting her diploma, Charissa was recognized for attaining some special awards.  She graduated with Summa Cum Laude honors and was selected to "WHO'S WHO" and ALPHA CHI HONOR SOCIETY.

At a reception sponsored by the MVNU Education Department on May 6, Charissa was presented with a plaque announcing that the faculty had selected her as "Early Childhood Student Teacher of the Year".  Realizing that it is stretching what Jesus meant when He made the statement, "THE LAST SHALL BE FIRST", the LTWM family is proud that in Charissa's case IT IS TRUE!

CONGRATULATIONS on your achievements!  

As you begin the new journey, may the Father's purposes shine brightly as you willingly serve Him.

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ALIVE Leads Worship at District NYI Convention

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Rallying the teens of the Eastern Kentucky District Church of the Nazarene was the assignment of ALIVE on Monday a.m., June 25th.  The teen's love of Christ surfaced as Mandy, Amy and Jordan gently pulled them into a Christ-centered focus.

The leadership of EKY District extended some good, southern hospitality to us.  It was a joy to spend a few hours in Ashland, Kentucky!



 

 

 
LTWM joins Marysville, OH believers in "Taking It To The Streets."
news_street_fair_1.jpgHundreds of people flooded the downtown streets of Marysville, Ohio on the final weekend of July.  With so many people coming together, some believers in Christ saw a tremendous opportunity to invite the crowd to CELEBRATE CHRIST.   Under the leadership of various Christian ministries, a downtown parking lot was transformed into an area where the good news of Jesus could be proclaimed.

news_street_fair_2.jpg On Saturday, LTWM set up a booth.  Information about the Lord we seek to serve was shared through conversations with those who passed by. Cd's of Bob's preaching were also given to anyone who expressed an interest.  ALIVE presented a concert of worship late Saturday afternoon.  Mandy, Staci and our 2 summer musicians (Amy & Jordan) did their usual effective job of pointing to the Living Word.  However, they once again took a second seat to the SAFE HARBOR KIDS.  Mandy & Dave's children stole the show and the hearts of those who attended the concert.

news_street_fair_3.jpg On Sunday, over 200 congregated at the same downtown location for a time of worship. Members of ALIVE were a part of the worship team with Mandy providing some key leadership.  A spirit of unity permeated the parking lot as believers from a variety of traditions CELEBRATED CHRIST.  The reality of Christ's presence moved the leadership to begin planning for another ministry event in October.  The unity of celebration will lead to a day of community service held on October 7, 2007.  The theme of the gathering and scattering is "FAITH IN ACTION~Love is a VERB!"  The staff of LTWM will be heavily involved in this effort to make Christ's love real in the town where our offices are located.