“Planting” more than Plants in Dearborn

June 19th, 2013 No comments

A small group of Aglow folks joined other believers from all
over the country to make our presence and that of the Lord’s presence
known in the city of Dearborn. There were around 90 people who came
simply to serve those living in Dearborn, both Arabs and other nationalities.
Members of that group were from New Mexico, North Carolina, Florida, New
York, Georgia, and more and of course, Michigan. We all were called to come and
show our love and support for the Arabs there, particularly the Arab
Chamber of Commerce, and to continue our involvement in building
relationships with them.
Because of the legal and insurance expenses incurred during the previous Festivals,
this year’s Festival was cancelled. We, however, felt that to travel to Dearborn and
show our concern/ God’s love for the people, not just the actual Festival, would speak loudly
to them. This is exactly what happened. The officials were so amazed and, on several occasions
moved to tears, when trying to express their gratitude. We weeded, planted, mulched and
watered day lilies on 16 blocks of Warren Ave., the major street on which the Festival is
usually held–praying that we were planting more than flowers! Because the time schedule
was not as organized, we were able to speak with many people as they passed by and especially
business owners as we worked on the area near their businesses.We were able to pray with
a number of those passing by as well as doing much prayer walking throughout
the neighborhood.Also some of the younger guys helped with a major basketball
tournament, running scoreboards and keeping books. There
was also some painting done on their recreational facility. Saturday evening we hosted a
banquet for the city officials, police and Chamber employees . Many kind and thankful words
were spoken–they still are in shock that we were willing to come to Dearborn.
Lastly, because of the situation, we had expected some ill will but that never happened.
Generally we were treated with gracious generosity wherever we went.
When we first heard the Festival was cancelled, we were saddened. However, our God has a plan
and much good was done and many “plants” planted for His glory.

By Cheryl Erbes

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Scouting like Joshua and Caleb in Holland, MIchigan

June 19th, 2013 No comments

A team of ten women attended the Holland Tulip Festival in Holland ,MI, from May 8-11, 2013. Our objective was to
experience the Festival which is the third most visited Festival in the USA and to get ideas and inspiration for what
might be done in an outreach situation for the coming years. Not only did we enjoy seeing those beautiful tulips everywhere
but also have many conversations with other attendees as well as the local folk.
We basically divided our time into two categories- attending Tulip Festival events,
“spying out the land”, assessing the atmosphere and prayer driving/walking
AND praying and dialoguing together to ascertain what God was telling us there
at the time and for the future.

There is a established and respectful traditional link between God and most of the people in Holland.
When in conversation with folks and asked why we had come (interesting question to me as
there were thousand of tourists there), we replied we were there to pray for the city and its people, almost
everyone responded how wonderful that was and how the city needed prayer. Unfortunately
often when continuing the conversation, we asked how we should pray for their city and found that
most requests involved their own personal needs or silence. There was little vision for their own
purpose or that of the city with regard to active pursuit of God.

Since our original plan was to be like “Joshua and Caleb” spies,we were not seeking to actively evangelize.
I am sure, however, that after these many conversations, questions and intrigue grew in people’s hearts
as they considered this mysterious possibility of a personal relationship with God. It is our hope and conviction
that this will occur in Holland.

Since we received two very strong words from the Lord directing planting seeds and alerting us to
Holland’s purpose when praying together the first night, we also activated the area with the prophetic
act of sprinkling seeds in many place around the city. It was amazing to us that after we split up in
twosomes and prayed around the downtown area for a couple of hours, we had covered 6 of the 7 mountains
in prayer without any previous planning or discussion.One of the memorable times of the trip was when 8
of us crammed together in a van and drove around Hope College campus at 9:30PM praying, declaring,
singing and planting seeds. We trust that God will reveal Himself there to those college students. We are
looking for a revival in that city.

Thanks once again for faithfully praying for us. We could definitely tell that there were prayers on our behalf.
All in all, we were moved by the care and co-ordination God provided as we gave ourselves to this task.
We were very thankful to have been a part of His plan.

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God Moving in Mystical Myanmar

April 12th, 2013 No comments

Once again another group of eager Aglow transformers journeyed to the other side of the world to visit and share with others. Six of us-five women and one courageous man- joined the CMC missionaries, Marcy and Paul Babor, in Yangon, the capital pf Myanmar. (formerly Burma). Much to our delight they brought with them their twin three year old daughters and four twenty-something ladies from California who are interning with them in the Philippines for a year. You can imagine what a lively group we had!

Because this was the first time in Myanmar for the entire team, we were wondering what God had in store. We knew it would be hot there (average temperature was 100), that we would be expected to eat much rice in local homes, and that we women needed to wear long skirts. I mention that because by the end of the time there , most of us had grown comfortable with their native dress (skirt), the” longi ” (not sure of spelling) and had adopted it for ourselves. Because the country is opening up to modern conveniences so rapidly, the electrical system had a hard time keeping up so there were many instances of no electricity. Regardless of these issues, the ministry there was very fruitful and inspirational. Actually it seemed very much like the Philippines. We were reminded of our FIlipino friends frequently.The people there were friendly, helpful and welcoming–as well as very open to what we shared. God was faithful to make Himself known to them which resulted in many who prayed the salvation prayer and also many who were healed physically. In the ten days we were there the team visited villages, meeting in homes of Christians who invited their Buddhist neighbors, friends and relatives to come and hear the
“foreigners.” Attendance varied from home to home but we were able to share with a large numberof people, many of whom were very receptive. Local Christian pastors were elated at their response and will be diligently following up their interested newcomers. God is so good to follow our efforts with signs and wonders.

This was done on each morning. In the afternoon we visited various landmarks throughout the city, Yangon.We had entered on tourist visas so acted like tourists. We went to the shopping area, visited the largest Buddhist pagoda, spent time at the largest lake and park in the area, took in some cultural dances and puppetry at a Cultural Center and visited many good restaurants. I personally would rather not eat any rice or noodles –the staple in their culinary efforts- for awhile. All in all the work there was much easier than we had expected and it was a joy to see all that God did.As we know and are coming more and more aware, God cares about all people and it was an honor to serve in the mystical land of Myanmar.

Written by Cheryl Erbes

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MILLENNIALS

March 21st, 2013 No comments

 

Reaching the “Lost” Generation from Building Church Leaders Newsletter

Oceans of ink have been spilled about the flight of young people from the church. So much so that some church leaders are wondering if Millennials will be the “lost” generation.But when you boil it down to its essence, it’s not that complicated. Millennials, like everyone else, desire deep relationships with people who care about them enough to get to know them, walk beside them through their ups and downs, and foster their spiritual and vocational growth. Sure, there are challenges, but that’s true when any two generations strive to understand and cooperate with one another.
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GOD KNOWS WHERE YOU ARE

November 27th, 2012 No comments

This last week, in a hurry to get errands run, I asked my husband to send a package for me. I stuck a little stickie note on the front with the address so he could use it to print out the official mailing label and send it at the post office. Busy hands, busy lives, sometimes a step gets missed! That was the case for sure. Good thing God knows where we are!

I got an email from Shannon who just happened to go into work at the post office in her city that day and this is what she said:

thank you for the gift I nearly didn’t receive.

When I walked up to our post office, there was a sign on the door, “If you know someone named Melonie Mangum from Newbury Park, CA please come see me. There is a package for someone here but there is no name or post box written.”

I tore the note down and sheeplishly walked up to the counter and said to my boss, “Ummmmm, this is for me….” and held up her note.
She said, “Seriously? ? It is for you??? ”

She grabbed the package off our shelves and after scanning it as delivered, told me that so many of the customers, after seeing the sign on the door, were telling her to throw the box in the ‘Dangerous’ area as it might be a bomb, or to send the package back…..

So I apologized profusely and agreed with her that we have a really nice and generous post master who kept a box that wasn’t labelled properly just because she wanted to to ensure that whoever the package belonged to would receive it….

But the mug made it safely to me, and after throwing it in the dishwasher, I had my morning cuppa tea out of it the following day!

So thank you for thinking of me while you were on your trip and, by the Grace of God, your mug made it safely to Yarnell, and eventually to me….
Shannon
With the email Shannon sent me a picture of the package. No address except the city and state! Yet she got it!

It may look like God doesn’t know where you live. Your circumstances may be saying, “Where are you? Don’t you know I’m here?” But he does and is working on your behalf bringing life, blessings and provision. He often is stuck with using vessels like us, who sometimes don’t remember to do all they should and something gets missed along the way – But God! But God! Thank you Lord for bringing us the grace and mercy of your love and showing us in little ways the deliberate expression of your goodness!

Again – thank you!!!
Shannon

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AND MORE POSSIBILITIES -outside of the US

October 10th, 2012 No comments

Missions Outside the USA

Brazil – Pat Kempf Leader safeguard2@sprynet.com

Oman:Feb. 2014   Presence and Prayer
Team Leader: Cheryl Erbes cerbes@att.net

Cambodia: April 1-10  Telling our story and His story
Team Leader: Indhu Mathew inmath@telus.net

 

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MENTOR MATCH ME

October 1st, 2012 No comments

MENTOR MATCH ME

WOULD YOU LIKE TO HAVE A MENTOR THIS YEAR TO PRAY WITH AND GET WISDOM FROM FOR THE PEOPLE OR AREAS YOU ARE TARGETING FOR TRANSFORMATION EVANGELISM AND DISCIPLESHIP?   CONTACT MENTORMATCHME@YAHOO.COM and tell Janet what you are looking for in these areas.

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Microbusiness Opportunities, Summer 2013

September 28th, 2012 No comments

The purpose of the Aglow Micro Business Transformation Outreach is to provide an evangelistic opportunity that has the potential to transform lives. Our goal is to minister to the whole person: spirit, soul and body. By showing the tangible love of Jesus in providing skills to create items to sell we can empower people to provide for the needs of their families, helping them to be a part of a business, or start their own business. Our hope is that those who learn will be able to help others to learn, sharing the love of Jesus, who cares for all people and wants them to experience a personal relationship with Him. Our goal is transformed people who impact their families and communities for Christ.

The Micro Business Transformation opportunities for 2013:

March 5 – March 19, 2013 – Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil
This opportunity is in the Northern part of Brazil. We will need a team that can teach jewelry making and quilting. We will spend 15 days in Fortaleza, 7 days teaching skills, including one day of basic business concepts. Opportunities for ministry will include speaking for church services, and a one-day retreat. We will be looking for donations to purchase sewing machines estimated at $225 each, and other supplies. The cost of the trip is $3000.00, with the deposit of $ 1500 due Oct 30, 2012, and final payment of $1500 due on Nov 21, 2012.

July 3 – 17, 2013 – Generations Group – Salinas, Uruguay
This opportunity is for the Generations Group. We will need a team of 6 – 8 that will teach jewelry making and do carpentry projects for 5 days. The Carpentry group will bless the widows and single moms in Salinas by working on some of their fix-up needs. This group will have opportunities to minister in churches, host a youth rally, and much more as they work with the Generations Group in Uruguay. The cost of the trip will be $2400.00, with deposit of $1200 due March 22, 2013 and the $1200 balance due May 15, 2013. We will be looking for donations for beading supplies to take & carpentry supplies to purchase in Uruguay.

July 2 – 16, 2013 – Gramacho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
This opportunity in the state of Rio de Janeiro, will be for a team that will teach quilting. A day of shopping for sewing machines and site-seeing will begin our 13 days in the Rio area. This team will have 6 days of teaching, including basic business concepts training. Ministry opportunities will include speaking in churches, and a one-day retreat. The cost for this trip will be $3000.00, with a deposit of $1500 due March 20, 2013 and the $1500 balance due May 15, 2013. We will be looking for donations to purchase 4 sewing machines at $200.00 each, as well as other quilting supplies.

July 15 – 30, 2013 – Aparecida do Norte, Sao Paulo, Brazil
This opportunity will need a team to teach quilting. This team will have 7 days to teach the quilting technique in making bags, table runners, wall hangings etc. and basic business concepts. The ministry opportunities will be preaching in churches and a one-day retreat. A day of shopping and site seeing is included in this 14 days in Brazil. The cost will be $3000.00 with the $1500 deposit due March 20th and the $1500 balance due May 15th. We will be looking for donations for sewing machines at $200 each as well as other quilting supplies.

For those wishing to participate in both July Brazil teams: July 2 – 30, 2013 the cost will be $4590.00, with deposit of $2300 due March 20th and the $2290 balance due May 15th.

For further information or Transformation Team application contact Pat Kempf, Aglow Micro Business Team Leader, at safeguard2@sprynet.com .

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THURSDAY and FRIDAY October at National Conference 2012

September 4th, 2012 No comments

2:30-5pm Thursday – Transformation Activation in Doubletree Hotel Silverwood Ballroom.  Everyone welcome.  Fresh equipping, inspiration and direction!

Friday afternoon – Invite guests walking by to come Friday for evening free service and be ready to share our faith if hearts are open!  12:30 to 2 .  Contact Cerbes@att.net for more information.   Come join us.

 

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Microbusiness Outreach – What is it?

August 6th, 2012 No comments

The purpose of the Aglow Micro Business Transformation Outreach is to provide an evangelistic opportunity that has the potential to transform lives.  Our goal is to minister to the whole person: spirit, soul and body.

By showing the tangible love of Jesus in providing skills to create items to sell we can empower women to provide for the needs of their families, helping them to be a part of a business, or start their own business.  Our hope is that those who learn will be able to help others to learn, sharing the love of Jesus, who cares for all people and wants them to experience a personal relationship with Him.  Our goal is transformed people who impact their families and communities for Christ.

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