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Men on the Houseboat Retreat

Posted on| October 31, 2017 | Comments Off on Men on the Houseboat Retreat

By Al Coppedge

This was the seventeenth year that I had the privilege of participating in a Men’s Discipleship Retreat in Canada. I flew to Calgary, Alberta, to be with Dan Jansen and his family for a day. Dan some years ago served on the staff of the Barnabas Foundation here in Wilmore. He is now pastor of a Free Methodist Church in Calgary. We had a great time with another close friend for a day and then drove from Calgary, Alberts, to British Colombia to Lake Shuswap in the middle of the Rocky Mountains. When all fifty men arrived, we pushed off into the lake in three rented houseboats. That accounts for the name of the retreat. We have discovered that within this context, no one goes home in the middle of the retreat! We drove up the lake in the boats and docked them on the shore. The entire retreat was in beautiful surroundings with mountains coming down into the lake and forest all around us.

Friday and Saturday were similar days in format. I shared the speaking with Dan Jansen, he on one boat and I on another. We had morning training sessions followed by some personal time for the men to spend alone with the Word on the beach or somewhere on one of the boats. I spoke from II Timothy on the topic of discipleship. They the men gathered together to debrief over their reflections. After brunch, we started a second teaching session followed by a time of recreation that included hiking, swimming, a hot tub, and time for great conversation. These men were eager to learn! After supper, we had another session. In each session, there was time to answer questions, interact with guys on spiritual matters, and to challenge them in their personal walk as serious disciples of Jesus.

Sunday morning, everyone gathered together on the beach for a final communion service. I gave the challenge, talking about the importance of grace being available to every man as they went home to face circumstances in their families, at their work place, and in personal relationships. We then took the boats all the way back down the lake to the dock and started driving back across Canada to Calgary.

One of the most significant parts of this retreat was seeing a number of fathers who brought their sons. It gave the sons a chance to see that not only were their dads serious about following Jesus, but there were another fifty adult men who were as serious about Jesus as their fathers were. At the same time, they were having a great time in recreation and in fellowship.

We thank the Lord for the way this retreat has continued to bless men across the years and look forward to doing it again next year if the Lord keeps opening the door.

Cruise North

Posted on| September 29, 2017 | 3 Responses

By Stan Key

I know the Bible says we can’t even imagine the amazing things God has prepared for those who love him (I Cor. 2:9), but I never dreamed such a reality would take me on an all-expenses-paid Alaskan cruise! This August, I was invited to be the daily Bible teacher for a group of doctors (and spouses) on a cruise sponsored by the Christian Medical & Dental Association (CMDA). We sailed through majestic beauty and enjoyed culinary delights and family-friendly entertainment on board the Emerald Princess. With stops in Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, and Victoria, the group interspersed our study of God’s Word with excursions to a wide variety of options: whale watching, glacier climbing, salmon fishing, dog sledding, helicopter riding, etc. My choice was to take a train ride from Skagway up, up, up to White Pass. This was the path followed by the hopeful “stampeders” over a century ago during the Klondike gold rush. Magnificent!

CMDA Alaska Trip - scenery 2The pristine grandeur of snow-capped mountains, blue-tinted ice bergs, rocky fiords, and turquoise-colored water caused me often to pause and sing: “Oh, Lord, my God, when I in awesome wonder, consider all the worlds thy hands have made… then sings my soul, my Savior, God, to thee…”

And what a delightful group of doctors and spouses! It was sometimes challenging to get focused on the Word of God in such a setting, but for ten sessions, we took a different journey—through Scripture, studying “The Geography of Salvation.” After eight days, when we finally docked again in Seattle and said good-bye, many commented that the times in the Bible were deeply meaningful. Dr. Gene Rudd, Senior VP at CMDA and our host for the cruise, said:

Stan Key has obviously been sitting at the feet of Jesus, learning to model His words and deeds. While he is a masterful expositor of the Word, he also takes time for individuals: to love them, enjoy their fellowship, have fun, as well as minister to their needs. Hearing and being around Stan inspires me to be more like Christ.

For me, the only flaw in an otherwise perfect setting was the absence of Katy. It was simply too daunting to imagine working with a wheel chair on planes, boats, cabs, and trains. Katy stayed with our daughter Elisabeth and her husband, Ben, and son, Josiah (age 14 months) in Chicago while I was away.

Congratulations to Dr. Abson Joseph!

Posted on| September 21, 2017 | Comments Off on Congratulations to Dr. Abson Joseph!

We have exciting, happy news! One of our Board members, Dr. Abson Joseph, has just been promoted to Dean of Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University. Congratulations, Abson! Read more about it here.

Bolivia – Sept 2017

Posted on| September 11, 2017 | Comments Off on Bolivia – Sept 2017

Dear Friends and Family,

God’s richest blessings to each of you and your families!

What a response as the Word was preached in the Wesleyan and World Gospel churches in the city of Santa Cruz – Sept. 1-3! These growing congregations are located in the newest outlying areas of this fast-growing city.

I am grateful to pastor Arnoldo and his son Arturo (a third-generation Christian), who laid the groundwork so these special meetings could be held.

Praise God for 75 who sought Christ, and for the 100 who were spiritually reconciled! And praise God for the 20 children who also sought Him… one of these could be a future Billy Graham or a Luis Palau.

And what a delight to visit with my brother, Jim, who works closely with a Christian university in Santa Cruz.

Tentative plans are underway for 2018, where we hope the Good News will be proclaimed in Chile, Peru, Guatemala and Cuba.

Karol and I thank you again for your continued interest and support in our lives and ministry.

Outdoor meeting
Arnoldo Becerra and wife
Arturo Bacerra and wife
Praise from babes

In His service,
Dave and Karol
David Harriman Ministries
PO Box 1063
Mandan, ND  58554
(701) 390-6674

Travail in Prayer

Posted on| August 28, 2017 | Comments Off on Travail in Prayer

By Tom Atkins

Altar call - TAtkins_lrIndian Springs Holiness Camp Meeting is one of the great holiness camp meetings in America. Dr. Kinlaw was saved and sanctified on those hallowed grounds. It has been my privilege to be one of the evangelists there many times, but this year was different. There was a sense of urgency to say something that must be said to be faithful to God.

After months of praying and seeking God’s will, it finally came to me in Luke 22:44, “Being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood…”(NIV). Then in John 16:21 Jesus uses the word “travail” (KJV) as in the pain of a woman giving birth. So, I surmised if we wanted God to do something miraculous in our midst it would come only if we “travailed” in prayer. The greatest movements of the Spirit I have seen in all my years of doing local church revivals came because those churches truly had travailed in prayer prior to the services.

TomA preaching - Indian Springs 2017 1So, my first sermon on the opening night at Indian Springs, was a simple, short message on travailing prayer. I asked all those present to covenant with me to travail in prayer for the next ten days, starting right then. God did amazing things that week. One preacher shared that it was the best camp he had been to in over forty years. One lady hugged my neck, with tears in her eyes, and said, “You’ll never know what this week has meant to my family.”

We will never know how much God wants to work in our churches and in our camp meetings unless we “travail” in prayer.

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