With our ministry, Standing Near the Cross Inc. Craig and I taught Pioneer Evangelism in one of the villages in Rwanda in Feb. 2013. Our interpreter was named Rodrigue Gatungo who is, by the way, fluent in seven languages! He has been pastoring a village church for seven years is actively involved in sharing Christ, discipling new converts, and planting churches. He is also putting into practice the PE principles he has learned and has planted 7 churches in 2 years.
Standing Near the Cross sent Rodrigue a new study Bible by way of Warren Hopson, a dear friend who was going to Rwanda to teach Pioneer Evangelism in another district. We arranged for Warren to connect with Rodrigue so that he might receive the Bible. Craig inscribed the Bible with Ps. 34:3. As he signed it he sensed the Lord’s prompting to place a financial love gift from the ministry inside to help support Rodrigue and his family (his wife and two boys). We had no idea the timeliness of the financial gift. See Rodrigue’s note below:
Dear brother, I am very happy for the Lord used to send to me that very good Bible I have never seen in my life. What amazes me is Psalms 34:3 rescued from the danger of hunger yesterday. Please let me tell the story. Three days before yesterday, the food at home was over, nothing we had to eat. The night before yesterday I told my wife that tomorrow I am going to sell my phone for ten dollars so that we may see how we can feed our two sons. She kept quiet and at 5 in the morning she prayed silently that I am his servant. It is not worth that to happen. In my heart I felt the Lord convincing me to wait (before selling the phone until) tomorrow. Now the family is comforted through you dear brother, in fact you fed the hungry, you clothed the naked and you soothed the thirsty.
Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh glory be God, my dear friend. Now I was telling God give the reward because you are my portion, he did thru you. Now may God bless you. Be blessed and pray for us to succeed in evangelism-Rodrigue
Here is a picture of Rodrigue baptizing a new believer in Jesus Christ. He led this women and 4 of her friends to the Lord and is currently discipling them. The five friends were musicians and dancers in a local club. As soon as they came to know Christ, they all quit their jobs since they did not feel that work honored the Lord or testified of their new life in Him. When they asked Rodrigue how they would support themselves without the income from the bar he replied, “Trust in the Lord.” We are blessed by his confidence in the Lord’s provision, his devotion to his church family, his desire to share Christ with others, and his commitment to disciple new converts.
Our involvement in Pioneer Evangelism had enabled us to travel to numerous countries and meet many servants of God sacrificially and faithfully giving of their time and resources to spread the gospel. Craig and I are humbled as we observe that in a great ordeal of affliction their abundance of joy and their deep poverty overflowed in the wealth of their liberality (2 Cor. 8:2). Your prayers and financial gifts to Standing Near the Cross Inc. enable us to continue in effective ministry such as this. As you read this newsletter we are currently ministering to underground pastors in Southeast Asia. Please continue to pray for us and thank you for your support.
Do you want to give to a specific need? While every ministry requires consistent expenditures toward operational costs, some people prefer to give to a specific need. Standing Near the Cross currently has 3 such opportunities.
*Current Southeast Asia trip carries a cost of $3200.00 beyond the underwritten ministry expenses. This is an un-budgeted trip needing to be funded.
*We are embracing offering additional support for some of our impoverished co- laborers in Rwanda.
*We are continuing to help fund God’s Goat Ministry in northern Uganda.
Your gift of any size will enable us to continue investing in gospel ministry in other parts of the world through Standing Near the Cross Inc. at www.jeanstockdale.com or by check at P.O. Box 477, Oakland, TN. 38060.
Posted: 4/23/2014 11:20:49 PM
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Craig and I are traveling with 4 other friends to teach Pioneer Evangelism in Southeast Asia. We cannot wait to share principles on evangelism, dsicipleship, and church planting. We would love for you to support us with your prayers.
Here are some of our prayer needs.
Prayers for Pioneer Evangelism Trip
Southeast Asia April 28-May 9th
Craig and Jean Stockdale and the team
1. Pray for the team, Craig and Jean Stockdale, Tony and Pam Yarbrough, David Lowrance, and Hobart Welch. Third John 1:5-7 Beloved, you are acting faithfully in whatever you accomplish for the brethren, and especially when they are strangers . . . Send them on their way in a manner worthy of God. For they went out for the sake of the Name.
Eph. 1:18-20 says, I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places.
2. Pray for good health for all involved. The jet lag is going to be rough to overcome.Third John 1:2 says, Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.
3. Pray for unity of spirit and harmony among the team members and those in leadership roles on the ground. The enemy loves to sow seeds of discord in the midst of a move of God. Phil. 4:1 says, Live in harmony. Eph. 4:1-3 says, Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
4. Pray for safe travels. We have a 30-hour trip to get there and then
several “in country trips” going between trainings. Ps. 123:1-8 I will life up my eyes to the mountains; from where shall my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand. The sun will not smite you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will protect you from all evil; He will keep your soul. The Lord will guard your going out and coming in from this time forth and forever.
5. Pray for the Pioneer Evangelism training. We are teaching pastors and church leaders a transferable system for, evangelism, discipleship, and church planting. Plus we are providing the materials in their language. Each team does 2 trainings. Each training is either 3 or 4 days; 8 hours a day. Each team alternates hour-long sessions of training. These are long days to teach and long days to sit and listen!! Ps. 147:5 says, Great is our Lord and abundant in strength; His understanding is infinite. Pray our words will supernaturally cross cultures and language barriers. Ps. 119:130 says, The unfolding of Your words gives light. Prov. 2:2 says, Make your ear attentive to wisdom, incline your heart to understanding. Pray we will speak clearly and that they will understand us through our interpreters. Pray for physical strength and stamina for our interpreters. Prov. 2:6 says, For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding. Pray we will rely on the Holy Spirit to be both the speak and the hearer.
6. Pray for safety from detection while teaching to protect the anonymity of our pastors and church leaders. This is very crucial. The participants would be in danger of suffering greatly if discovered. Ps. 91:1-7 says, He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust!” For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings you may seek refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark. You will not be afraid of the terror by night, or of the arrow that flies by day; of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, or of the destruction that lays waste at noon. A thousand may fall at your side and ten thousand at your right hand, but it shall not approach you. Thank you, Jesus!
7. Please pray we are not discovered and/or deported. Craig and I already know we WANT TO GO BACK!! Ps. 34:7 says, The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and rescues them. Isa. 54:17 says, No weapon formed against you will prosper. Hallelujah! What a Savior!
Thanks in advance for your fervent on our behalf. Thanks, Michelle Dunkin, for praying this passage for our trip and for sharing it with me: Ps. 74:18-21 says, Remember this, O Lord, that the enemy (Satan) has reviled (Southeast Asia), and a foolish people (were blinded by the enemy and rejected the Truth of Jesus) has spurned Your name. Do not deliver the soul of Your turtledove to the wild beast (ungodly and militant dictators); do not forget the life of Your afflicted forever. Consider the covenant; for the dark places of the land are full of the habitations of violence (those who do not know or fear your Name). Let not the oppressed (the precious people of these lands) return dishonored;l et the afflicted and needy praise Your name (bring the to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ-parenthesis added mine).
Craig and I praise the Lord for His directive in our lives, for Bellevue Baptist Church, our pastor and Donna, Steve Marcum and the missions team who love not only Memphis, but the uttermost parts of the world.
Jesus said, “ All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matt. 28:18-20).
Posted: 4/23/2014 8:02:44 PM
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When my boys were small I can recall one of my less than stellar moments on the mothering front! Actually I can remember a lot of those moments but that’s a story for another day. The phone rang. Both boys lunged for the phone and a fight ensued and escalated for right answer the phone. Pushing, shoving, yelling, and a of hair pulling resulted as each boy attempted to best the other. After I wrangled the receiver away from the boys I tried to calmly say, "Hello." The deep pastoral voice of my beloved pastor, Dr. Adrian Rogers, replied. Humiliated, I could barely concentrate on what he was saying for plotting just what I was going to do to my children as soon as I hung up the phone for embarrassing me!
Believing that God's Word holds all the answers for life's questions, I asked the Lord to show me how to resolve the accelerating competition between my two boys. Some days later I came upon this verse in Proverbs. Prov. 18:18 says, The cast lot puts an end to strife and decides between the mighty ones. This verse prompted me to come up with a system to end strife between my pre-schoolers and we used it for years. We cast lots, so to speak. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays were Jason's days. Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays were Dawson's and Sunday was the day we all practiced deferring to one another. If it was your day, you got to answer the phone, choose which color of cup you wanted, decide on which game to play, etc. without challenge. This immediately put an end to the constant wrangling and taught my boys to take turns, know their time to "be first" was coming.
Look for Biblically sound and creative ways to help teach and train your children in the behaviors that you want them to learn. Pattern the behavior for them. Reinforce the correct behavior with verbal affirmation. Correct behavior you will not allow or tolerate. Commit to doing this over and over again for the next 20 years without losing heart! Peter wrote, “Therefore, I will always be ready to remind you of these things, though you already know them.” Go and do likewise!
Posted: 4/22/2014 12:21:41 PM
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But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only a few things are necessary, really only one, for Mary has chosen the good part,
which shall not be taken away from her.”
All of us can relate to the dilemma that plagued Martha. She was preparing a special meal for the Lord Jesus Christ. She wanted to bless the Lord with a memorable evening and a sumptuous meal. She began by operating in the Spirit, desiring to honor and serve her Lord out of a heart of dedication and love. But in the heat of the moment, she stepped into the flesh, becoming irritated and distracted by all the urgent demands of the moment. You can relate, can’t you? I certainly can.
Martha’s original intention was sincere, but what she became in the Spirit she ended in the flesh. The Scripture teaches that the flesh profits nothing (John 6:63) The Lord Jesus gently rebuked her saying, “You are worried and bothered about so many things.” Ladies, we are too. We are encumbered by so many demands and responsibilities like laundry, meal planning and preparation, housework, packing lunches, helping with homework, driving, driving, and more driving, sports activities, church activities, counseling your children, instructing them, encouraging them, etc. Need I go on?
As women of God, we need to learn the lesson that Martha needed. Only a few things are necessary and really only one. Like Martha, we need to learn the lesson that Mary had already learned. The only thing that really matters is what we do with Jesus!
Jesus was not suggesting to Martha (or to us) that she was to sit at His feet and worship and commune with Him twenty-four hours a day. He was not telling her to stop serving Him either. The life of a Christian is to be a life of sacrifice and service. From the moment of conversion we are to be His servants. However, Jesus rebuked her for attempting to serve Him in the energy of the flesh, instead of the power of the Spirit.
Mary knew the secret of abiding in Jesus. It is not literally sitting at His feet day and night, but abiding in Him in our spirits throughout the day, communing with Him in unbroken fellowship. Our daily life is to be lived out of the overflow of our devotional life. Spend time with Him each day, in His Word, in prayer, in meditation, and then leave your prayer closet and live the rest of the day in unending fellowship with Him. When you fall into sin, quickly confess, repent, and continue on in communion with Him whether you are rocking a baby, shopping for groceries, or doing your banking. As you go through the day you can meditate and reflect on what you learned during your quiet time. That is the secret to abiding in Christ. That is the secret Mary knew. She was sitting at His feet fellowshipping with Him while her sister Martha was having a little fit in the kitchen, distracted, worried, and bothered about so many things.
Abiding in Christ means to live in His presence. It does not mean physically sitting with our Bible open (that would be impossible), but going through your day spiritually connected with Him. That is the secret to the victorious Christian life, the good part, which shall not be taken away.
Martha made the mistake of being encumbered with many things. Too often we are burdened with a chaotic schedule and a demanding lifestyle that we have created. We cram too many activities in for our children (ever hear of the “hurried child” syndrome”?) and fail to realize that each activity for them involves our time as well. We are often loaded down with possessions that somehow begin to posses us. Consider paring down your possessions, your schedule, your children’s activities, and your lifestyle. Remember, only a few things are necessary.
Jesus Christ has come to give us life, and not just life, but abundant life. Don’t miss His blessings by crowding your life with all manner of things and activities that are not His will for your life. Only a few things are necessary, (and) really only one. Choose the good part that will not be taken away but will render you eternal reward.
Hallelujah! What a Savior!
Posted: 4/22/2014 11:48:08 AM
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We are so excited about a new phase of ministry to MOMS. As you know I have taught MOMS at Bellevue Baptist Church, Memphis, TN. for the last 24 years. We are added a new phase to this ministry called MOMsense! If you live anywhere in the area, we would love to have your join us!
We will be having regular gathering (typically on Thursdays) for MOMSense - some in the daytime - and some in the evening for the purpose of instructing and encouraging MOMS (of children from the cradle to the college years) through the teaching of the Word of God with Biblical truths and practical applications. MOMS-we will keep you posted on the dates of these exciting events as we complete our planning and establish the dates. (FYI-Due to my own personal schedule, we are anticipating the next one to be in August although this is subject to change!! Keep watching for details).
I am SO EXCITED, as you can imagine because I LOVE ME SOME MOMMAS!!
Now then, we had our "soft opening" of MOMSense at Bellevue on March 20th with 110 MOMS! We were so excited. I taught on the topic of "Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours."
Several of the MOMS asked for my notes on the study and here they are. After each event, we will make the notes available on my blog and on my facebook page. Even if you cannot join us in person, we hope you can study along with us!
Mothering is a tough gig and we need all the help we can get! Amen? Just sayin'.
Posted: 4/18/2014 2:23:28 PM
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