Please join us in praising God for what He has done and praying for Him to continue to work in these areas:
• A former inmate and TUMI student from our Chester Prison ministry is flourishing in a teen ministry that he developed since being released from prison five years. A biography has been written and a film made of his life. He boldly shares about the Lord as he speaks to school groups about drugs. He prays the Lord will allow him to begin his own TUMI ministry soon.
• Attendance has been down in Chester churches over the past several years. Low attendance brings low income and the ability to pay pastors. Right now there are five evangelical churches in Chester without pastors which in turn brings low attendance. This is a vicious cycle. Please pray.
• Our prison ministry church has been low in attendance as well. We are still offering two courses per quarter in the prison, but they are small. Pray that the program director will not see this as a weakness in our program and cancel our opportunity to serve these men. Pray that the chaplain and other members in the church will know how to wisely stimulate more interest in the prison church ministry.
Please pray for Rick and the many opportunities that Lord has given him:
• Kenya– He will be teaching our second TUMI biblical counseling course in Kisumu and a course in O.T. Biblical Theology at the Kenya Reformed School of Theology in February. He will also be visiting two orphanages while there for consideration of support from Oakseed Ministries, a ministry that Rick assists with as a liaison in mid-African countries.
• Ethiopia– In June Rick is scheduled to teach our first TUMI biblical counseling course in Addis Ababa at the Evangelical Theological School, as well as meet with two other ministries on behalf of Oakseed.
• Liberia-One ministry in Liberia has invited me to teach our second biblical counseling course in the early spring. I taught the first one there last January. There are church leaders from Mali, Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia who attended last year and want to attend again. Pray for wisdom about this invitation—I’m not getting any younger, my wife tells me.
• Rick has written a parent-teen devotional that will be published soon. This is a tool for English speakers to use with their teens and young adults—in this country and abroad—based upon 52 selections from the book of Proverbs. God’s wisdom for youth is easily overshadowed and undermined by western cultural values. This devotional features Rick’s “translation”, a modern version, of selections from Charles Bridges’ 200 year old commentary, along with grandfatherly illustrations from our six children and 17 grandchildren.
• Rick is also scheduled to record the second biblical counseling video course in the spring. Please pray for God to supernaturally sustain him in all these opportunities and for wisdom to know which ones to decline.
As you think and pray for TUMI, Please keep Psalm 74:6 in mind, “Have regard for the covenant, for the dark places of the land are full of the habitations of violence.” May our Good Shepherd make his light to shine in these dark places.
As the national training arm for World Impact, The Urban Ministry Institute (TUMI) equips leadership for the urban church, especially among the poor, in order to advance the Kingdom of God. TUMI focuses their investment on those called to evangelize, disciple, plant, and pastor churches in unreached urban neighborhoods. Their single passion and desire is to identify, empower, and release laborers who can both display and declare God’s kingdom reign among their neighbors, where they live.