February Family Prayer Update

Anthony is an Ordained minister!

Great news! On January 26, 2017, Anthony was Ordained to ministry in the PCA by the Rocky Mountain Presbytery. We’re grateful for God sustaining us through the grueling study and examination process. We are also excited that Anthony has had the opportunity to spend time in study under great tutors and that God blessed his efforts and was glorified.

With Ordination completed, Anthony will be Installed as the Assistant Pastor of Great Plains Gathering on February 12 and looks forward to stepping up his responsibilities in that position. The prayer items below these photos will give you an idea for the types of ministry work he and Remley are involved with in Montana.

This month, please pray for:

  • Children/Youth Program. While Anthony has been teaching at our Kids Club (for kids 6 and up) every Monday evening, he will ramp up the program this spring and needs to develop a philosophy for the church’s ministry to that age group. He will also be developing a calendar of teaching and activities to support this philosophy. Please pray for Anthony to have wisdom and creativity throughout this process. Please pray that the program will be biblically sound, culturally relevant, and engaging. Please pray that Anthony and the students to continue to learn, love, and live out the gospel in service and respect to others inside and outside the church.
  • Assisting with Campus Native Outreach. One of the new roles Anthony will take on is volunteering a few hours a week to the Native Outreach department at the local university. He’s been helping there sporadically since we arrived in Billings and seen much fruit in relationships and trust. Please pray that God will continue to give Anthony favor in the eyes of the Native peoples on the campus. Please pray that Anthony’s time there will be helpful to the Outreach Coordinator. Please pray that he will be an ambassador for Christ and His Gospel, a good liaison for GPG, and that God will bless this work so that a prayer group might take root.
  • Family/Church/Work Balance. Remley has recently taken on several exciting new work projects. We thank God for these amazing opportunities and ask that you pray that God will be honored in her work. Also, please pray for her continued work at GPG, that she can be a helpful member of the church. Please pray that, in all of this, Remley is able to serve the Lord well and balance her responsibilities effectively.
  • Special Attention for Tamasin’s Education. We have recently discovered that Tamasin shows many of the early warning signs for some learning disabilities. Since Anthony has several, we knew she would be at higher risk and are familiar with many of the coping skills and techniques. Please pray that we are able to finish the enrollment process for Tamasin in a local school that will complete the screening process and provide the needed therapies. Please pray for Tamasin, that she has patience and trusts God through this process. Please pray that we continue to trust in God’s good plan and lean on Him in prayer for peace.
  • Prayer and financial support. We’re excited to announce that we are 76% funded for the next year. That’s 22% more than the last time we wrote! God is so good to us and we are thankful for all who have donated to support this ministry. Please pray for people to partner with us in prayer and funding.

I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God; Incline your ear to me;
hear my words.”
– Psalm 17:6

funding-progress-022017

If you’re interested in donating to help fund Anthony’s apprenticeship with Great Plains Gathering, you can donate online by clicking through here. Any amount is appreciated. All donations are tax-deductible and 100% of your contribution goes directly to this project.

Quizlet Cards for PCA Ordination

I’ve compiled all of the Quizlet decks I’ve been using over the last ~4 years (through seminary and internship) to prepare for Ordination in the Presbyterian Church in America. This information has come from a combination of sources including TE Brian Chapell’s guide for Ordination, TE Shane Waldron’s guide for Ordination in the Rocky Mountain Presbytery, On Being Presbyterian by TE Sean Lucas, various guides used by TE Alfred Poirier, and feedback from TE’s in my Licensure examination. Feel free to share with anyone you think might need them.

Some of these are rushed so you’ll very likely find spelling and syntax errors. In order to edit them, select the “Copy” option in the upper left-hand corner on the Quizlet page and Quizlet will copy everything over to a new deck that is editable. You will need a Quizlet account to edit these or save them to your decks. I used these on my tablet but you can also use the flash cards on your phone or desktop.

Happy studying and may God bless you!

BIG (International-Sized) News!

Hill Top Chapel, Sheffield, UKI can’t shake the smile off my face from all of the excitement!

I know I shouldn’t be surprised when God, in his goodness, steps into our lives in big ways. But I am. After years of grace and mercy from Him, I still get taken aback when He moves in a way that only He can.

So here I am, still (completely and utterly) surprised that I’m writing this. I mean, is this all really happening?!

Here’s what’s up:

We are going to England!

Anthony and I have been praying through the last few years that God would grant us opportunities where we can best serve him with our gifts and it looks like He has provided an amazing chance to minister.

Anthony and I have been invited to explore the possibility of serving in Northern England for an initial 2 years after he graduates from seminary.

This “exploring” thing means that we’re heading to England for a 10-day Vision Trip in July to meet the established churches that are a part of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of England and Wales (EPCEW), get a taste (both literal and figurative) of the English culture, get to know and pray with the leaders of our host churches (Gateshead Presbyterian Church and Sheffield Presbyterian Church), and see if our family will “fit” while ministering there in a long-term context.

United Kingdom MapI’ve not been bashful about my love of English things in the past, so some of my excitement is because of the location but most of it is because this gives us both a chance to spread the gospel in a context that’s less-churched than our current one.

We want to tell people about the saving grace of Jesus Christ who don’t know the story.

We want to:

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

That doesn’t mean ministry in places like The South isn’t necessary or worthwhile! We’ve spent the last 3 years in one of the most religious and most churched states in the United States and know the benefits that come with having a culture that embraces the general precepts contained in Scripture. I have a deep admiration for the ministers who have spent their lives faithfully ministering here and I’m extremely thankful that my earliest parenting years have been in a place where children are valued and respect and kindness is common.

All of this to say, we need prayers. Lots and lots of prayers. I’ve been returning to this favorite verse often as we prepare for this trip:

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

It would mean so much if you’d join me in praying for these things:

Pray for God to reveal whether England is the mission field he wants us to serve in. We will be praying for God’s will throughout this process but it would mean so much to know that you were praying along with us! We want to serve God and glorify him with our gifts. We would love to serve him in Britain but we want to be sure that the choice is made with much prayer.

Pray for the church in Britain (and specifically the EPCEW Presbytery). Pray that they trust in the promises of God and that they are used to preach the gospel and disciple the saved.

Pray for safe travels for us. Also, please pray for Anthony’s Mother who has graciously volunteered to watch our children, Tamasin and Rowan, over her vacation while we are on this trip. In the meantime, we are in the middle of the passport application process; please pray that our passports will be received in time.

Pray for God to provide the means for us to go to Britain full-time. If this vision trip goes well, that’s the next step. We know God is generous and faithful to provide for his church and we’re praying that He will raise the funds needed to support our family on the mission field while we preach the gospel to the lost, help plant churches of growing Christians, and minister to the existing believers.

Also, if you want to take a look at the letter we’ve put together for our friends and family about the trip or print it out and pass them out, you can check it out here. AND if you want to donate to help off-set the costs of the tickets, we’ve put together a crowdfunding page.

I’m happy to answer any questions you may have, so let me know if you have any and thank you so much for your prayerful support!

Remley