Welcome to the Holiday Season
Are you tired yet, or are you just getting into it? May the Lord give us the strength, passion, balance, and practical wisdom we all need to enjoy it. These days should be filled with gratitude, love, worship, and joy, should they not? To remember all the blessings God has given us, and then the greatest gift of all in His son Jesus Christ!
(Photo to the right: Randy & Joan with pastors Rob Hamilton and Jonathan King at CTK (PC) in Wilmington, NC during recent disaster response.)
We are grateful for God’s great faithfulness to us as we have traveled around the country this year, trained churches, met with pastors, coached them, put on workshops, and preached God’s holy Word in many places. Thanks to those of you who hosted us, we hope we brought something good, and somethings that you can use in ministry. God gave us safety, health, welcome, and the joy of seeing old friends and making new ones.
We thank God for how he worked in your hearts to financially support us. Our (hoped for) budget is about $160.000.00 per year which includes salaries, travel, conferences and ministry expenses. For that we need about $13,500 per month in gifts, but we have averaged about $9,000.00 per month. We make do, but we could be doing more if we had more. Please keep praying.
Thinking of money let me mention two things: One is the Thanksgiving Offering, which is a fund at Mission to North America we use to issue small grants to ministries around the country. Please pray for churches and individuals to give to this fund and that our committee would have wisdom to know how to distribute it. Feel free to use the address at the bottom to give to the fund, just note it is for the Thanksgiving Offering. Secondly, the end of the year is an important time of giving for many ministries, including ours. Please pray for God to bless us with sufficient gifts so we can keep going in 2019.
A couple of things we would like to offer you. We had Brian Hecker do some research for us this year for various ministries in our Network, and about temporary work for the homeless. If you would like that information let us know and we will send it to you. In addition we submit an annual report to MNA about our work and it you would like that report just ask us and we will send that to you as well
SPECIAL CONFERENCE COMING IN JANUARY!
This coming January 29-30, 2019 the Network is going to host a conference on Economic Justice. The conference will be at New City Fellowship in Chattanooga. Usually there is a Reconciliation & Justice conference in St. Louis, but that has been canceled for this year. We will be starting registrations for the conference sometime in December. Please pray for the right speakers, for people to be able to come, but most especially for the presence of God in our midst.l
Randy and Joan Nabors
Urban and Mercy Ministries