Wednesday, December 31, 2014

DPC, please pray for your missionaries.

The following is a note that DPC members & missionaries Sean & Amber DeMars have sent out to their supporters.  It's also a wonderful call to prayer for missionaries as one year ends & another begins.

The Lord Jesus can make all things new, according to his promise.  So, let us pray that we might all share in that renewal—through the fullness of the gospel, which is for the fullness of this world.

End of Year Thankfulness

by Sean & Amber DeMars

The year is coming to a close, which means that your inboxes have been filling up with any number of emails from various ministries and non-profits, reaching out in hopes of grabbing a peace of the end-of-year giving pie. 

Thankfully, we don't have to do that. The Lord has been kind to us. He has worked in and through the lives of so many people to provide for the DeMars family. There have been some shaky times for sure, but not a day has gone by where we haven't had a roof over our head, clothes on our backs, and enough food on the table to put us to bed with full stomachs. 

Not only so, but we have even had the luxury of being able to have some of our wants met, too...not just our needs. For all this and more we give thanks to God, but also to you. 

If you're receiving this email, you have given to our family and taken part in the harvest by providing for us financially. We are honored that you would even consider sharing a dime of your hard earned money with our family for the sake of the mission. 

So, as the year closes and the entire non-profit world scrambles to meet their financial deadlines, we are going to drop to our knees and pray a prayer of thankfulness to our God for people just like you. Then we will get on our nice, comfy couch and watch a movie (popcorn in hand, of course) with the fan set on full blast!

Finally, we want to close out the year by asking for your continued prayers. As we read Acts chapter six and see the Apostles devotion to the preaching and teaching of God's Word, we feel good about ourselves and let out a sigh of relief. "Shew...I'm good on that!" But, when we see the EQUAL importance placed on prayer by the Apostles, we pause and hold our breath as the hot knife of conviction cuts into our souls like soft butter. 

With our own prayer issues in mind, we turn to you all and ask "Please don't forget to pray for us."  Money comes and money goes. We've been very, very poor before, and we've been in positions of great abundance, too. We might revisit both of those places at some point throughout the remainder of our lives, and we're ok with that. But we're not ok with being spiritually bankrupt.

We need to pray. And we need you to pray. We need you to petition God on our behalf. For our safety. For our finances. For our ministry. But also for our personal holiness and relationship with King Jesus. 

Pray that we would remain steadfast in hope. Pray that we don't despair or succumb to sin in our moments of spiritual weakness. Pray for our marriage. Pray that we would be wise in our dealings with a foreign people. Pray for our language. Pray for our loneliness. Pray for us as we try to remember that all is vain if we have not love. Pray for us, please. It's all too easy to write a check or transfer money and completely forget about our greatest needs, which are not material, but spiritual. 

2014 has been great. We're excited to see what the Lord has for us in 2015. We know that whatever it is, it will be for our good and His glory. 

Sean, Amber, Patience, and baby Isabella. 

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