Thursday, May 19, 2011

Simos Family Ministry Update-May 2011

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This past Sunday our home church, Harbour Shores Church, held a commissioning service for our family. Our Elders prayed for us and officially released us into full time vocational missions ministry. We were truly encouraged by the service and by friends and family that shared the day with us.

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As our deputation time is coming to an end we're excited for our next phase of life. In less then a month we'll be living in San Pedro de Marcoris.

10 weeks, 50 days! of a VBS-like program will begin this July in the sugarcane villages. From this program (a chronological study of the Bible, Creation to Christ ) we will seek to build relationships, start discipleship and from there start churches and a school. We still need many hands to join in this ministry, long term and short term. Please contact us for information about planning a missions trip!

Thank you all for standing with us!
Josh, Toni, Kinsey, Elle & Gabe

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

How do you like me now?

Most of you have probably seen the fast food chain commercial with the talking lemon. The lemon tells us how he has always gotten the bad rap. defective, no good, he goes on to tell us.

This is a commercial for lemon with strawberry added for a new drink for summer. Sounds quite good. We have often been told that when life gives you lemons, to make lemon-aid. At the end of the commercial when an attractive lady is drinking this new beverage, the lemon yells,"How do you like me now?"

We are a lot like that lemon aren't we? Born defective, no good, without Christ in our life. Then we meet the Savior. Jesus makes old things new. We should be yelling to the world this good news that He can change us from bitter lemons....and our loved ones will probably like us better now too!...keith

Monday, May 16, 2011

Bits & Bytes for Bagley Backers-May 2011

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Bits & Bytes for Bagley Backers
May 2011

Easter is a high celebration time for the African church. This year was no different. A few of the highlights of this Easter's celebrations include:
  • Nine pastors (5 men, 4 women) received ministerial licenses in a service at Mount Frere, South Africa. (The photo at the right shows District Superintendent Bill Niemack and missionary Mike Helvie praying for one of the ministers during the service.) They also baptised 33 new believers in a chilly early morning baptism.
  • The Swaziland District raised over R 80,000 (+/- US$ 12,000) for missions in its annual Malihambe offering during Easter celebrations, setting an all time record for the offering.
  • The Wesleyan Standard Church of Ghana celebrated its anniversary of 20 years of ministry in its country in services over the Easter weekend. One highlight was the granting of ministerial licenses to 23 ministerial candidates.
  • Recent graduate from Pilgrim Wesleyan Bible College (Zambia), Pastor Evariste Mazeaza from Congo reported that "on the Saturday before Easter we baptized 19 people and received them as church members on Sunday."
  • Easter 2011 068We shared in a joint Easter service of Wesleyan Churches from around the Johannesburg area who had gathered in Soweto for a weekend of celebration. (In the picture on the right Bob is visiting with Gauteng District Superintendent, Rev. Victor Nyalungu following the Easter service.)


We just returned from two weeks spent at Emmanuel Wesleyan Bible College, the place where we began our missionary service over 29 years ago. High points during our visit included the following:

  • Bob taught an intensive church administration course to second and third year students.
  • Brenda spoke in the college chapel once and Bob spoke twice.
  • Brenda visited the nearby children's home and had an opportunity to visit at length with the Director, Mrs. Thabsile Thwala, a couple of times.
  • We enjoyed good fellowship with a number of our missionaries over the two weeks: Dorcas Croft and Fred & Carol Cromer, stationed in Swaziland; Orai & Linda Lehman, stationed in Mozambique but at EWBC to teach a course to Swaziland May 2011 0461st year students; and Zach & Lyndy Szmara, stationed in Mozambique but in Swaziland for a couple of days working on Mozambique residence permits.
  • Bob introduced each of the missionary units to a new bookkeeping software program for keeping mission financial records.
  • Brenda worked in the EWBC library assisting Carol Cromer.
  • Bob had good opportunities to consult with African leaders of the college as well as of the church in Swaziland about their work.


  1. Praise God for reports of victories won and positive signs of church growth and development in Easter celebrations across the African church.
  2. Praise God for His help and a very profitable visit to Swaziland.
  3. Thank God for the help He has been giving Zach & Lyndy Szmara through the initial adjustment period on the field and their initial introduction to language study.


  1. Pray for Bob and Dr. H. C. Wilson as they visit Sierra Leone May 17-26 to confer with church leaders and missionaries. Included in the visit will be rededication services for both the national church headquarters in Makeni and the historic missionary graveyard in Kunsho, both restored after the destruction and deterioration suffered during the civil war.
  2. Please pray for God's help for us as we work on securing residence permits for South Africa and the Szmaras as they work on their permits for Mozambique.
  3. Pray for God's blessing on a meeting of the International Partnership Team for Ghana meeting in Brockville, ON in early June to strategize for the work in Ghana. The plan is for Bob to attend the meeting via Skype.
  4. Please pray that steady progress will be made on the construction of a new outpatient department at Zimba mission Hospital, Zambia so it can be completed before Drs. Dan & Joan Jones leave for home ministries in mid July.

We praise the Lord that this month our monthly commitments hit the 75% mark of the amount we need to meet our budget. Thank you so much to all of you who continue faithfully to stand behind us financially.
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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

About Rev. Russell Coffee and Anchor Point

Anchor Point Foundation "Anchor Point" grew from the effort to find help for one individual who had seriously tried a variety of drug rehabilitation options - with no success. After forty years of evangelistic work, Russ Coffey, himself attempting to help a fellow minister recover from what looked like an endless cycle of rehab programs. No hope seemed possible. The year was 2002. Through a determined belief in Bible-based teachings Russ found that success for this one man was, in fact, possible. The chain of addiciton was finally broken.

From what Reverend Coffey learned in 2002 and 2003, came a string of successful rehab placements in July, 2004. Anchor Point Foundation, Inc. was established as a 501(c3) tax exempt organization. Anchor Point's mission is to offer all who battle life controlling addictions the opportunity for healing and recovery through Christ and a long-term Bible-based residential program for rehabilitation.

In the early days Rev. Coffey sought out conventional methods of rehabilation for those seeking help, among them the 12-Step Method. Although helpful, the Anchor Point Board of Directors agreed that improvements could be made and that an alternative method must be offered. As a result, Anchor Point focused on what became a Christ-centered long-term residential program for the total healing of the invidividual - body, mind and spirit. This led to the development of criticial relationships with large groups of BIble-based rehab centers across the United States.

By simply paying attention to what was truly working - Anchor Point's leadership, in the ensuing years, developed a solid set of referral tools. By utilizing these tools and techniques, on the front-end of a referral, in combination with the selection of just the right residential rehab program, Anchor Point has produced an incredible success rate; to God be the Glory.

With a growing number of clients in long-term residential rehab centers, currently over 400+ clients, Anchor Point realized a need for a weekly support group in the community. The Anchor Point Support Group has become a very important aspect of a client's rehabilitation. Offering real help, not only to perspective clients, but to graduates. Anchor Point assists in meeting the emotional needs of the entire familiy while the loved one is away in recovery.

Anchor Point's work has grown to include it's "Churches Adopting the Recovering," a two year mentoring program for each graduate, and a "12 Steps with Christ" out-patient rehab program and other related programs.
All of this work is accomplished through the dedication of Executive Director, Russell Coffey, the Governing Board, and what has grown to be a Volunteer Staff of 12+ - all very faithful and passionate to the cause. Together as a team, we are committed to serving our community as a non-demoninational, non-sectarian organization for the health and wellness of our Citizens. We are building upon this past work in concert with every church, civic organization and our judicial system for the improvement of our society and community. Successful graduates number around 200 who have prospered, accounting for more then a 95% success rate.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Just What is "Revival?"


As most of you know, Boonville Wesleyan Church will be conducting Revival Services this week. Please be in prayer that we have good attendance and that people are encouraged, motivated, and/or won to Christ...

A.W. Tozer well stated, "To be effective the preacher's message must be alive; it must alarm, arouse, challenge; it must be God's present voice to a particular people."

Wikepedia gives a good definition of a Revival service:

A revival meeting (or "gospel crusade") is a series of Christian religious services held in order to inspire active members of a church body and to gain new converts. These meetings are often conducted by members of American Protestant churches and those educated or influenced by them; missionary works of such churches often conduct revivals in Africa and India.

Generally speaking, a revival meeting consists of several consecutive nights of services conducted at the same time and location each night, most often the building belonging to the sponsoring congregation but sometimes a rented secular assembly hall, for more adequate space, to provide a setting that is more comfortable for non-Christians, or to reach an community where there are no churches. Tents were very frequently employed in this effort in the recent past, and occasionally still are, but less so due to the difficulties in heating and cooling them and otherwise making them comfortable, an increasing consideration with modern audiences.

The length of such meetings varies. Until the last quarter-century they were frequently a week or more in duration, especially in the Southern United States. Currently three or four days is more typical, although occasionally some are still held, especially in Pentecostal groups, "according to Holy Spirit time", that is until the visible results seem to slow or stop and attendance dwindles.

Most groups holding revival meetings tend to be of a conservative or fundamentalist nature, although the phenomenon is far from unheard of in other Mainline groups, which used to conduct them with a far greater frequency and fervor in some instances than is now fashionable. Similar events may be referred to as "crusades", especially when a particularly noted speaker like Billy Graham or Oral Roberts is involved.

In the Churches of Christ such events are almost invariably referred to as gospel meetings rather than revival meetings. This group is one of the most likely to conduct such events in the 21st century. For the most part, aside from the large, spectacular "crusades", most American Protestant groups other than Baptists and Pentecostals have become less active in holding revival meetings in recent years, but some of the vacuum has been filled by similar activities hosted by nondenominational community churches, most of which are conservative in theology. Many revivals are attempts to catch much of the flavor and fervor of the camp meeting without exposing their participants to the physical rigors of such an experience.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Weekly News and Prayer Updates...

Sunday was a great day in the Lord. We had over 80 in attendance with at least twenty five mothers present. John and Penny Sutton also had a large group of family members with them. Each mother present received a special gift. We were blessed to have all the young children in our service.

Indoor camp and Spring revival got off to a great start with an inspiring message by Chandler Camp President Rev. Dennis King from Newburgh Church of the Nazarene.

Remember services begin at 7:00PM nightly and at 6:00Pm on Saturday and Sunday, then at 10:30PM on Sunday morning. Rev. Russel Coffee of Tennessee will be with us beginning Wednesday night. Special activities are being planned for Youth Night Friday after the service.

Please continue to keep Jim (Teresa) Walker, Jr. in your prayers. Jim is improving rapidly...we praise God for all the miracles of healing in our church these days!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Susanna Wesley on Raising Children...

Rules for Raising Children
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Suzanna Wesley was the mother of nineteen children, among them were John and Charles Wesley. It has been said that the Methodist faith was born on the lap of a mother, Suzanne Wesley.
She spent one hour each day in prayer. That's seven hours each week! She spent one hour per week with each child individually imparting spiritual life and wisdom. That's nineteen hours!
Suzanna Wesley over two hundred years ago formulated sixteen rules for raising children. They are still pretty good rules!

1. Eating between meals is not allowed.
2. As children, they are to be in bed by 8 pm.
3. They are required to take medicine without complaining.
4. They are to subdue their self-will so that they might be open to God's salvation.
5. Teach a child to pray as soon as he can speak.
6. Require all to be still during Family Worship.
7. Give them nothing they cry for, and only that which they ask for politely.
8. To prevent lying, punish no fault which is first confessed and repented.
9. Never allow a sinful act to go unpunished.
10. Never punish a child twice for a single offense.
11. Commend and reward good behavior.
12. Any attempt to please, even if poorly performed should be commended.
13. Preserve property rights, even in smallest matters.
14. Strictly observe all promises.
15. Require no daughter to work before she can read well.
16. Teach children to reverence God.

One of Suzanna Wesley's prayers gives a glimpse of her faith: "Help me, Lord, to remember that religion is not to be confined to the church, or closet, nor exercised only in prayer and meditation, but that everywhere I am in Your presence... May all things instruct me and afford me an opportunity of exercising some goodness and daily learning and growing toward Your likeness." Although she lived two hundred years ago, Suzanna's faith lives on today. The important things in life have not changed. It still matters that parents stay in the Lord and spend their lives leading children to do the same.