Tuesday, August 8, 2017

August 8 - Praises & Prayer Requests

PRAISE REPORTS:

- Praising the Lord - We had a great time of rest and relaxation last week. Thank you for praying for us!
- Praise the Lord - Christine's surgery for her knee has been scheduled for next week

- Praise the Lord - Duncan in Scotland has succumed to his illness, his suffering is over. No word of his eternal destiny.

 NEW PRAYER REQUESTS:
 
- Pray for our dear friend Stephen, as he'll be taking the meeting at CBV this coming Sunday for Rick.  Pray that he and his wife, Lorraine, are blessed as they come to minister to our wee flock.
- Pray that Bradley, who is being lured back to his old life, will return to a desire to follow Jesus. Linsey as well. It is a real battle for their souls!

- Pray for Creation Fest in Cornwall, England this week. We pray now for great fruit in the lives of non-believers and believers alike as the gospel is proclaimed and the word of God is taught.

- Pray that the surgery for Christine's knee, rescheduled for next week. We pray for her that the anemia issue with her blood will be overcome so the surgery can occur and that there will be a successful operation.

- Pray for us this next week as we travel to the Castle in Austria for the missions conference that we will not only be refeshed and encouraged, but prepared for what may lie ahead.

Thank you for your faithful prayer support
God bless you,
Rick & Cindy Johnston

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

August 1 Praises & Prayer Requests

PRAISE REPORTS:

- Praising the Lord - for the Christian youth of Ballymena who were involved with Spark this past week. we were very impressed by the openness, honesty and desire for seeing Jesus touch the lives of the community through themselves
- Praise the Lord - Leslie is completely healed from from her illnesses from Haiti.

- Praise the Lord - Don's delicate neck surgery was successful.
- Praise the Lord - Gail has gotten a job in England where she will be moving back to at the end of September

-Praise the Lord - After 33 radiation treatments for breast cancer, Cheryl's been given the 'all clear'!!
 
NEW PRAYER REQUESTS:

- Pray that the surgery for Christine's knee will be able to be rescheduled soon. There was some sort of issue with her bloods.  She is understandably nervous about it and we pray for peace in her mind and a 100% successful operation when it occurs.

- Pray that Leslie, when she has surgery at the end of the month to replace the battery in her spinal cord stimulator. 

- Pray for us to make good use of this week of rest.

- Pray for Creation Fest in Cornwall, England which begins next week. We pray now for a smooth and safe set-up and for great fruit for non-believers and believers alike to come next week as the gospel is proclaimed and the word of God is taught.
 Pray for us to be able to start a new Bible study for the new believers going over the basics. Pray that those who are curious about Christianity would also attend.

Thank you for your faithful prayer support  
God bless you,
Rick & Cindy Johnston

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

July 26 Praises & Prayer Requests

PRAISE REPORTS:

- Praise the Lord - Cindy and I had an nice time away last week
- Praise the Lord - We are blessed this week to be part of the prayer team for Spark - an area-wide youth outreach

- Praise the Lord - It was an annointed worship service last Sunday as the Holy Spirit did indeed empower and guide the day
- Praise the Lord, William had a great week at work returning after the holiday.

NEW PRAYER REQUESTS:

- Pray for Christine who was attacked by a hammer to the back of her knee a year ago. She was scheduled for another corrective surgery this week, but it was cancelled at the last minute. She is understandably nervous about it and we pray for peace in her mind and a 100% successful operation when it occurs.
- Pray for Don who was in a car accident caused by his having a heart attack and blacking out.  He requires delicate neck surgery and heart surgery. Pray for all his medical needs, but most importantly for his salvation.

- Pray for the Spark outreach into town that the Lord would "spark" a deeper walk  with Him in the youth's lives and that long-lasting fruit would remain in the town from their efforts this week

Pray for us as we plan to start a new Bible study for the new believers going over the basics. Pray that those who are curious about Christianity would also attend.

- Pray for us as we have been given a another break away next week, that we would be totally refreshed and come back raring to go!!

- Pray for Bradley, that the Lord will protect him from the influences of this world, especially that the enemy would be kept at bay and he would overcome feelings of shame and disgrace.

Thank you for your faithful prayer support
God bless you,
Rick & Cindy Johnston

Monday, July 10, 2017

July 11 Praises & Prayer Requests

PRAISE REPORTS:

- Praise the Lord - CBV blessed Bradley with his own bible this Sunday.  He is doing well, and is growing in his faith.
- Praise the Lord - We enjoyed a good morning at a 4th of July breakfast at Mooreland Close.  Praise the Lord for continued open doors to minister there.
- Praise the Lord - Joyful Heart Women's ministry hosted a DVD & Dessert fellowship.  The ladies, who are on break for summer enjoyed a great evening together!
-Praise the Lord - Bradley's relationship with his mum is being restored!!  She's 'over the moon' that he's born again! Thank you Jesus!!
- Praise the Lord - Rick was blessed with a ocean fishing trip.  It was great fellowship and a good catch!!
- Praise the Lord - Heather obeyed the Lord in a major decision in her life, and the Lord has blessed her abundantly for it! Her ME has calmed down signaficantly!  Jesus is so faithful!!

NEW PRAYER REQUESTS:
- Pray for Bradley, that the Lord will protect him from the influences of this world, especially that the enemy would be kept at bay.
Pray for us as we plan to start a new Bible study for the new believers going over the basics. Pray that those who are curious about Christianity would also attend.
- Pray for us, along with Jan, as we are going away next week (M-F) for a time of R&R. That we'll come home refreshed and well rested!
Thank you for your faithful prayer support
God bless you,
Rick & Cindy Johnston

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

July 4 - Praises & Prayer Requests

PRAISE REPORTS:

- Praise the Lord - For the salvation of Bradley! I prayed with him Sunday to receive the Lord
- Praise the the Lord - The Independance Day BBQ was a good day. About 40 people came and were well fed by our American stle BBQ and all heard a wee talk on freedom - in Christ! 
- Praise the Lord - The intensity of the spiritual attacks have eased and we have had some good night's rest. But you can still pray for us to endure and overcome the enemy's attack.
- Praise the Lord - William had his best day ever at work last Thursday after some intensive prayer after Bible study Wednesday night
- Praise the Lord - Leslie's missions trip to Haiti was intense but successful. However, now the she has returned to the US, she has gotten sick (see below)

NEW PRAYER REQUESTS:
Pray for Bradley, Harry and Nigel that they will have stong walks in the Lord and steady growth in Him 
- Pray that the freedom we have in Christ will lead some who feel that they are defeated to become courageous warriors in the Spirit.
- Pray that Leslie, who has some "medical issues" upon her return from Haiti and that the anti-biotics will be doing their job.
- Pray for Aidan as he is released from prison this week. The Lord has moved mightily in his life whilst he was in, but now we pray (and he wants to) that he will continue on the path of righteousness and not return to the influences of friends who led him astray. Same thing also for Bradley (that he won't be tempted to return.
Thank you for your faithful prayer support
God bless you,
Rick & Cindy Johnston

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

June 28 Praises & Prayer Requests

PRAISE REPORTS:

- Praise the Lord - For the miraculous recovery of Bradley. He was released from hospital on Monday - just 2 weeks after a nearly fatal accidental drug overdose

- Praise the Lord - Rick's visit to Maghaberry prison (maybe the last chance to see Aidan) went well. Small number of guys, but quality time of fellowship and encouragement

- Praise the Lord - Jo Anne's job has been retained until September!

- Praise the Lord - We all had great fellowship on a church outing to a restaurant in Belfast last Saturday. It was good craic!!

- Praise the Lord - More men are coming to the church!

- Praise the Lord - Zoe, is doing amazing! She's at home as she didn't need to go to a rehabilitation center!  She even has her old witty humor back!!

NEW PRAYER REQUESTS:

Pray that the "4th of July"  BBQ Outreach - being held this Saturday, July 1st, will touch many folks and they may be ministered to by the "freedom" we have in Christ.

- Pray for Bradley, who is only 19 will fully turn to the Lord. He is acknowledging that it was God that healed him! He, too, is coming to the BBQ. Oh that he will find true freedom in Christ.

- Pray for Linsey, who will be attending the Independence Day BBQ with her 2 kids. We pray that it will spark a desire to return to fellowship. Her friend whom we have been praying for, will also be coming!

- Pray for us as we have encountered an increase in attacks of spiritual warfare. Nightime has been a little challenging lately, but the Lord is faithful as we put on an armour of light!

Thank you for your faithful prayer support  
God bless you,
Rick & Cindy Johnston