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A Prayer Request for a
So John has had an annoying pain in his shoulder and the doctor said he has a rotator cuff tear. Though not a serious injury, it has to be dealt with sooner than later because recovery only takes longer as the body ages. Please pray that God would do a miracle and heal his shoulder so that he wouldn’t need to get surgery that will mean 1 month of his arm in a sling and 4 months of physical therapy, affecting everything from not being able to drive either of our two stick/manual shift cars to not being able to play his favorite sport (usually twice a week) : basketball. This week he’ll ask for some prayer from the elders at our church (James 5:14 (NIV): “Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord…”)
Yes, we are super excited, and in Ellen’s words on Facebook:
“Ellen Fleming thinks it’s a great day to announce our super fun news! John Fleming and I are having a baby end of July 2011! Yay for God’s provision and blessing in our lives this year! Hope you all will get to meet him/her this summer!”
Of course we will keep you updated as the excitement builds!
If you received a red letter from us in the mail over a week ago, you will know how we are praising God for what he’s done in the last year and where we are at financially and how you can help, as the Lord leads you. If you didn’t receive one, then we don’t have your latest address. We like to send out cards from time to time and also special mailings here and there, so we’d love to have your address. Feel free to enter it securely here. If you didn’t receive your red letter, please click below to read it. If you would like to help us financially with our shortfall, please feel free to send back the enclosed response card with the little envelope addressed to us. If you send in any financial gift postmarked by tomorrow, it will be tax-deductible! If you didn’t receive a letter but want to help financially, you can go to http://JohnAndEllenFleming.com/give/ and send in an electronic gift or follow instructions there for sending in a check by mail.
If you want to start praying regularly for us or even if you already are, it is always encouraging to hear that you are. Feel free to send us a short email or text (or whatever kind of message you want 🙂 ) to encourage us. Regardless of your financial position to give a special gift or not, you are a blessing to us as you pray / give already! thank you so much!
As always, you can find our recent updates at JohnAndEllenFleming.com.
Happy New Year!! and the Boston Winter Conference
We wish you a healthy and safe start to the New Year of 2011!
Please Pray as we travel tomorrow to set up for next week’s Boston Winter Conference that takes place from January 1-5, 2011. Read all about the conference where we will be working and where our students will be refreshed and challenged.
It’s online at http://BostonWinterConference.com
Here’s even a great movie about the Boston Winter Conference.
As we were playing ultimate Frisbee 2 guys named Jake and Joe were on the team with me(Ellen) and Amanda (and a couple UCONN students too). It was a close game but we won by 1 point! yay!
After the game Amanda, myself, 2 UCONN girls and these 2 guys Jake and Joe sat with us. I asked question about them and before we knew it I was talking through spiritual things.. I learned Jake’s parents are going through a divorce and that he was Lutheran until his parents stopped going when he was maybe 10.. Joe’s dad’s brother is a reverend and his aunt is budist! I mentioned how we were using tools to ask spring breakers questions about spiritual things and even asked if any of them had a chance to talk about sprititual things on campus during the year… they said no! I turn briefly and Amanda had already gone to her bag and whipped out the Soularium (to which the RPI students keep calling it a “game” .. haha.. we’re still working on that.. ) The guys engaged with us and when asked on a level of 0-10 what’s their desire to know God.. (after telling them they couldn’t pick 0 because they were already talking to us about spiritual things!) they both said 6 and 8! I told my story and presented the gospel! I did bring out the KGP (Knowing God Personally booklet)to ask which circle they were (the point of decision in the booklet) and Jake said he had been trying to get to the circle on the right (a life submitted to Christ) … after sharing he didn’t have to “work at it” the gospel was presented and I challenged them to make a decision for themselves!
The BIGGEST win for me was when Amanda and I were walking back to the van.. she said she learned something huge about this.. the guys STILL wanted to talk after presenting the Gospel.. she had thought it would have been awkward to just go back to talking after all that.. but it wasn’t and she realized how “natural” talking about Jesus can be! I’m so honored that I had this opportunity to see Amanda realize an important life lesson! When you’re a follower of Christ, it’s normal to talk about Jesus!
On Tuesday night Jason went out with some UCONN students to share the gospel. The group prayed a few times to connect with spring breakers and didn’t see anyone really respond.. a bit discouraged they went to the Waffle House and “hung out”; while hanging out.. God Space (relational space for spiritual content- also a great book we’ve read with students) was created as they sat and talked amongst themselves. One of the UCONN students named Becky had a ton of reservations about the week and even more specifically why things weren’t biblical.. like why is it really “wrong” to get drunk.. what’s the big deal? Jason came over for lunch on Thursday and he told us the story of creating space for God to uncover what it was in Becky’s heart.. she hadn’t really trusted Jesus with her life! What ended up happening was Jason and the other UCONN students went through the Knowing God Personally with Becky.. at first she was embarrassed and didn’t want to “do the prayer” with the group. But later that night she went on the balcony and cried.. and told Jesus she desired to know him and the following day read the prayer with one of her roommates! Jason engaged with someone who said “I’m a christian” and yet wasn’t completely surrendered.. and he used God Space to engage and see someone trust Christ! We’re so proud of him and the UCONN students with him!