Jim and Sharon Solomon – Church planters at Galilean Baptist Church in Fairmont, WV
February 20 prayer letter
It is so beautiful looking out and seeing the snow on the ground, and it is so peaceful and quiet. We are enjoying getting an inch or two (or more!) several times a week: every Sunday recently!
To catch you up a bit: It was a blessed Thanksgiving with our daughter and her family here for a week. Christmas was celebrated first! Their 3 boys are getting so big and are really entertaining. What a thrill! Sharon is loving having Bible Stories online with two young Grandsons and some friends. She also took a short trip to Arizona to see her dad, who is now 89. Then it was a quiet, white Christmas with tamales from Tucson for lunch and dinner. And YES, we are still enjoying our tree, and lights on the fence posts. The New Year was rung in quietly and early, unlike many other years.
Our church is still having only the regular morning service. Doing the message live on FaceBook is expanding our ministry from coast to coast. Praise the Lord for the churches and ministries doing the same thing! My possible exposure required staying home one Sunday, but I still did the message online. Pray that God’s word accomplishes much.
We’ve attended or I’ve officiated at a lot of funerals since early November. Most were older folks, and one a younger man who is believed took his own life, but none from Covid.
Some prayer requests:
- Jim’s health: a lot of breathing difficulties
- The Will Graham Celebration, which was supposed to take place last April, has been rescheduled for July 23-25 this summer. Please pray for many changed lives: people repenting and turning to God in our town of Fairmont (population of 18,500), Fairmont State University (3,800 students, and where the Celebration will be held), Marion County (56,000) West Virginia (1.792 million), and way beyond.
- Growth spiritually and physically, so there are many discipling, and active in children and youth ministries even before the Celebration comes to town.
- Wisdom for future decisions we need to make.
Jim and Janice Mitchell – Church planters transitioning to Preston, ID
From Tim Weeks: Focus on Preston, ID
On Friday February 12th Tim flew out of Indianapolis for Preston, ID where he joined Jon Jenks and David Whipple to lead a church restoration weekend with Grace Fellowship Church in the heart of LDS country. Preston is about 2 hrs north of Salt Lake City, UT. Please pray for them as they not only are closing on their home in Fort Collins but have to also move all their belongings and Janice’s 95+ year old dad in the process! They are all excited at the prospects of serving Grace Fellowship Church.
Our BCP team spent Friday afternoon & evening with the church leadership working through various Bible passages concerning what does A Biblical Decision-Making Process look like. Then 8am Saturday a core group of 20 individuals from the Grace Fellowship as well as their accountability church joined us as we worked through until 4pm on various passages of scripture. We also addressed subjects such as, Preparing a Plan, Listing ministries by scriptural categories, defining people groups as well as God’s Genius Plan for a Local Church. We ended the day explaining the 30-day prayer plan which they will engage in following our intense weekend. Then Sunday morning we met with the entire church for SS hour and then worshipped together. At noon our BCP team jumped in our rental vehicle and headed through the canyon south to SLC where we were able to drop off our rental and board our flight to Denver, CO with just a few minutes to spare! Once in Denver we took our respective flights home – Tim to Indy and Jon & Dave to Cleveland. Everyone arrived home safely!
Tim arrived home early Monday morning as he drove through a snowstorm. The snow didn’t stop until mid-day Tuesday with a total snowfall of about 12 inches. Tim is praising the Lord for safety traveling to and from Indy as well as safe air travel to Preston and back again!!! Please pray with us for Grace Fellowship Church in Preston as they work through their 30 days of prayer before they seek to implement what we worked through with them.
Tim and Marsha Weeks – Director of Missionary Care
- Praising God for the wedding plans coming together for Zach Musser and our daughter Esther. February 27 is quickly approaching.
- We praise our Wonder-working God, Who reminds us through Paul in his letter to his partners in 1 Thessalonians 2:19 “For what is our hope or joy or crown of boasting before our Lord Jesus at his coming? Is it not you? For you are our glory and joy.”
- We Praise God for family. Our children and grandchildren, thankfully, are still anticipating being together for this upcoming wedding.
- Continued praise for our God who heals, the Harkleroad Family; Marsha’s younger brother release from the hospital and his recovery from COVID.
- Grateful that we have new opportunities to develop new partners in ministry. Our partners have been changing (some go home to glory or others are in alternating circumstances) therefore developing new partners to join with us continues to be a need.
SALT updates – Senior Adults Living Triumphantly!
Jerry and Jackie Hopkins –Jerry walks every day at the mall to get exercise and meet people. He always has a tract with him in case he has opportunity to share Christ with another walker. He said their healthy and Covid test have all come back negative. Because their pastor is bi-vocational Jerry does Sunday night service and Wednesday evening.
Eunice Johnson – Neither son Randy or his wife Doris have been able to see Eunice for several month. Her dementia is continuing to get worse. Randy said one of the workers that takes care of his mom has the same name – “Randy”. So he thinks his mom at times believes it is her son because of the same name. He said what a blessing from the Lord for my mom, thinking her son is near her. Eunice will be 96 in June. Pray that they will soon be able to see his mom.