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April/May 2016 Update from the McCrackens
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Rockwood United Worship 

 

We were so pleased with the way God blessed the Rockwood United Worship event!  There were many challenges but even more blessings.  It was, by far, the largest (about 500 attending) and most diverse gathering of believers in Rockwood's history to join together for collaborative worship.  Over 50 people responded to the invitation of Luis Palau...15 who accepted Christ for the first time (one of them an 82 year old man!)...19 re-dedications...and another 19 requesting spiritual follow-up!  

In addition to Palau's anointed preaching, the corporate worship was passionate and powerful, the short vision-casting messages by Pastors Pedro Gonzalez and Pastor Vance Hays were inspiring, the M.C. (Pastor Bennie Moore) did a fantastic job, the Lord's Prayer said out loud all together in Arabic, Russian, Spanish, and English was very unifying, and the closing prayer and exhortation by Pastor Yuriy Bigun (in Russian and English) was encouraging.  Additionally, over $1,200 was collected in the offering to give to a local organization that provides food, clothing, advocacy, and other services to the poor.

MANY had positive comments they shared personally and through social media, similar to these words of one of the pastors who attended...

"I am reflecting on the taste of heaven I enjoyed last night as THE church in Rockwood gathered under one roof on the As Is Church campus to worship the One true God. Over 50 decisions were made in response to a message by Luis Palau. Many tribes and nations encountered eternity in a beautiful way. Praise to the Lord for His mighty works as He tore through the walls of race, 'religion,' and the barriers of church walls."

As a result of this experience, plans are being laid for a collaborative worship experience for the church youth of Rockwood this summer, a second worship experience for the churches in Rockwood this November, and a DAY-LONG EVANGELISTIC FESTIVAL with the Luis Palau Association next summer!

Thanks again for continuing to stand with us through prayer!

Barberry Village Outreach Responsibility


Barberry Village (BV) is a 190-unit apartment complex in the heart of Rockwood.  Most of its residents are immigrants and newly-arrived refugees.  Three of its units offer home to two families and a single woman (our teammate Lindsey) who are intentionally living "incarnationally".  "As Is Church" (our church)... www.asischurch.com ...has been engaged in outreach efforts on a monthly basis for about a year now.  Under the capable leadership of Eldridge Fantroy, consistent love, encouragement, and relationship-building have been taking place. Eldridge will now be overseeing the Student Ministry at our church and has "passed the torch" on to me (Scott).

Through shared meals, conversations, games, and practical assistance we are seeking to support the efforts of those already intentionally living at BV to let Christ's light shine and to build bridges that would help BV residents become more aware of God's love for them.  Thanks for your prayers on our behalf as we work at continuing what was started by others, and also as we seek additional ways to serve and love the nations through Barberry Village.

Family Update


*  Vicki came home from the hospital today after her 5+ hours of catheter ablation on her heart yesterday.  She is resting and recovering well.

*  Scott is mentoring another 10 year old boy who lives in Rockwood.  This is through the Faithful Friends mentoring organization.  He is also planning to start a couple new classes at church in June.

*  Kendra started back to work as a scrub nurse in Scotland after a year's maternity leave.  Steve is playing "Mr. Mom" to Phoebe, the world's cutest one-year-old.

*  Cody just graduated from George Fox University's Nursing School (with honors), and is working full-time at a retirement community (in the same town where he has been living--Newberg, OR).

*  Kyle is finishing his second year at the Greek Bible College in Athens and will come stay with us to work for the summer before returning in the fall.

* William will graduate from high school on June 9th, work for the summer, and go to the Greek Bible College for one year.

* Ellie's big news is that she is starting to go "potty" on the special potty chair at school!!  She finishes 3rd grade next month.

Prayer Requests


*  DBS Outreach...June 24th-30th there will be a focused evangelistic effort in Rockwood.  To learn more about the DBS Method/Movement, see:  
http://www.missionalchallenge.com/2012/11/discovery-bible-study.html#.VyvjLxUrKqA  or
http://www.davidlwatson.org/2015/02/26/disciple-making-movement-dmm-essentials-find-the-person-of-peace/  or
https://www.contagiousdisciplemaking.com/series/2015-world-venture-mission-leaders-conference/

*  New Discipleship Huddles...Scott is starting two more Discipleship Huddles (one in our church and one inter-church in Rockwood).  These require high level commitment for one year.  

*  Vicki's continued recovery and healing...the doctors say it will take 3-4 months to know if the procedure was really successful

*  Pray that Isaiah 60 glory will fall on Rockwood!
The Shofar trumpets were the most impressive and thrilling call to worship many of us ever experienced!
Luis Palau preached an anointed evangelistic message that the Holy Spirit used to draw many to the Lord!
Many said that when the Lord's Prayer was said out loud in various languages, they felt the Lord's Presence in a powerful way.
Chris Benjamin and the worship team of individuals from various churches did an outstanding job leading the dynamic and passionate corporate praise time. 
We were grateful to "As Is Church" (our church) for use of their equipment and facilities, one of only two churches in the community that could have hosted such an event.
Two nights before the corporate worship experience, about 50 local pastors and church leaders gathered in a more intimate setting to meet with, pray with, and look at God's Word together with Dr. Luis Palau.  Challenging words were shared from John 17 about the relationship between unity and evangelism.
The beauty of the nations and their creator is reflected in and through the residents at Barberry Village.
Barberry Village is home to people from all over the world, including Iraq, Somalia, Cuba, Afghanistan, Mexico, Nepal, and Mayanmar.
Cody graduated with honors from Vicki's Alma Mater. He is studying to take his boards and get licensed.
William was active in the Drama Club this year, playing "Lurch" in outstanding "Addams Family" musical production.
We don't yet have this special chair at home but hope to get a loaner over the summer.

2 Timothy 2:2 ...And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.

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