News from One Challenge Ministries
One Challenge is grateful that the event Encouragement For Leaders went so well. It was held in East Sussex from 3rd to 5th October and 21 people joined for the full time and another 7 visited for the middle day.
The theme Jesus, The Good Shepherd led us to consider what various Bible characters experienced at times of stress, setback or success. In all, God's response is tender, restorative and full of grace. Leisurely meal times led to rich conversations; a free afternoon let us wander around the beautiful grounds during some welcome sunshine.
One pastor was delighted to have most of 3 days with his wife, away from daily demands; another said he didn't understand how he needed the time away until he got there.
Thank you for your prayer support for this event.
Encouragement about Encouragement for Leaders
A church has given One Challange an extremely generous donation towards the cost of the October Encouragement for Leaders event.
We want to pass this blessing on, so can offer a limited number of places at just £70 per person. Please contact Roger Purdom soon as this is a limited offer.
Jesus is the best shortcut in evangelism
One Challenge is delighted that Sarah Breuel has been appointed as Evangelism Training Coordinator for IFES Europe. Click here to read the announcement by IFES.
Sarah has been based in Italy with her husband, René, for seven years. They planted a church five years ago that has grown such that they are now looking for a bigger space in which to meet.
René and Sarah were commissioned by Sepal Brazil -- one of the founding members of the OC Global Alliance -- and they have two sons.
Don Prokop asks us to remember the Autumn events in Austria to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. "It’s wonderful to hear," says Don, "that the Catholic church admits that Luther was a prophet of his time that the Catholic world rejected."
One Challenge in Spain is joining national celebrations with Evangelical churches across the country. It is a significant recognition of protestant churches in Spain.
Two of Jesus' stories recorded in Luke 15 have a shepherd and a woman asking friends and neighbours to "Rejoice with me!" A lost sheep, a lost coin - how about a family together again after four months apart? We are so pleased to tell you that a family for whom we have prayed are back in their home, together.
Let's keep praying for them as they regroup, for the children as they go back to school, that they won't face a repeat year because of their absence. And, let's thank God for his answers to our prayers.
We are delighted to announce that Steve & Renée Grubb have moved closer to One Challenge in UK. While their main ministry focus remains member-care for One Challenge USA's missionaries across Europe, Steve & Renée have valuable ministry in Worthing, West Sussex, where they have lived for the past eight years.
Given the pressures on missionaries these days, member-care is a vital investment to support and retain precious workers. Steve & Renée also participate in developing networks of member-care people around the world.
The Grubbs love motorcycling. Britain's undulating countryside and winding roads give them much pleasure. They support, by being involved, the Christian Motorcylists Assocation (CMA) - planning several events and gatherings this summer. Please pray for CMA events and gatherings, for good numbers and strong unity.
Among those Steve and Renée have supported are two couples wanting to marry but each couple needs one visa to allow them to be together. Across the OC world visas have proved difficult to get. Please pray that these two couples will be able to marry and continue their paths towards overseas ministry.