God’s Work in Our Lives
Our pastor, Jim Rosenquist of Calvary Community Church in Port Townsend, is preaching powerfully out of Jeremiah! Jeremiah was a prophet for 40 years from the time of Josiah until the exile. What is fascinating was that as Josiah was initiating reforms, Jeremiah preached against the apparently devout, those going to the temple, saying that they worship with their lips, while doing personal and social evil (Jeremiah 7). Ultimately, Jeremiah’s people were exiled to Babylon, and his sorrow is recorded in Lamentations.
Let revival begin at the house of God! Be involved in doing justice in the world, but don’t rely on external restrain of evil to bring about revival. Only the Holy Spirit changing people’s hearts can bring true reform. In this vein, I (Nick) have been convicted to pray for OUR nation. May believers seek him, be changed in his presence, and bring that good news of transformation to the world, beginning in our churches, then our cities.
God’s Work Through Our Lives
God has blessed me (Nick) in my discipleship work. I have finished reading through Matthew, Acts, Galatians, and 1 & 2 Peter with the two young adults. Now we are reading through Revelation. Pray for us that God would transform our lives as we study his word.
Work at the hospital has been tough but good. Once again, it is hard going from an area of nursing in which I (Krystal) was fluent (medical-surgical) to a new specialty (labor and delivery), and being aware of how much I still have to learn. God is giving me grace as I develop friends at the hospital and good working relationships with my supervisors.
God’s Work in Rwanda
New Creation Ministries was proud to have 26 graduates from our pastoral training program in December. On January 27, they began teaching a new cohort of 38 pastors. It is more than usual, but it was difficult to weed any of these out. Pray both them and their teachers. Gary Scheer commented, “We know from their entrance applications that many of them do not know the Gospel. Pray that all might come to know Christ as Savior genuinely during this term.”
Construction on the new classrooms and library for CLIR is underway. Pray that the work would continue smoothly and that the funding would continue to be provided.
Appeal for Referrals
When we talk with people about how they can partner with us we always mention referrals. To quote Clarence the Angel from It’s A Wonderful Life, “No one is poor who has friends.” We’ve mentioned quite a few prayer requests today, and here is one more: Pray about those you know. Who needs to know about God’s work in Rwanda? Let us know.
Nick and Krystal Pirolo