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June 2018

Volume 14, Issue 6

Pastor’s Corner

On Sunday, June 17, 2018, we in the United States will celebrate Father’s Day.

The nation’s first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910, in the state of Washington. However, it was not until 1972 – 58 years after President Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day official – that the day honoring fathers became a nationwide holiday in the United States.

The “Mother’s Day” we celebrate today has its origins in the peace-and-reconciliation campaigns of the post-Civil War era. During the 1860s, at the urging of activist Ann Reeves Jarvis, one divided West Virginia town celebrated “Mother’s Work Days” that brought together the mothers of Confederate and Union soldiers.

Jarvis’ daughter, Anna Jarvis, wanted to honor her mother by making Mother’s Day a national holiday. In 1908, Inspired by Anna Jarvis, the John Wanamaker department store in Philadelphia sponsored a service dedicated to mothers in its auditorium.

Thanks in large part to this association with retailers, who saw great potential for profit in the holiday, Mother’s Day caught on right away. In 1909, 45 states observed the day, and in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson approved a resolution that made the second Sunday in May a holiday in honor of “that tender, gentle army, the mothers of America.”

The campaign to celebrate the nation’s fathers did not meet with the same enthusiasm, perhaps because, as one florist explained, “fathers haven’t the same sentimental appeal that mothers have.”

On July 5, 1908, a West Virginia church sponsored the nation’s first event explicitly in honor of fathers, a Sunday sermon in memory of the 362 men who had died in the previous December’s explosions at the Fairmont Coal Company mines in Monongah, but it was a one-time commemoration and not an annual holiday.

The next year, a Spokane, Washington, woman named Sonora Smart Dodd, one of six children raised by a widower, tried to establish an official equivalent to Mother’s Day for male parents. She went to local churches, the YMCA, shopkeepers and government officials to drum up support for her idea, and she was successful: Washington State celebrated the nation’s first statewide Father’s Day on June 19, 1910.

Slowly, the holiday spread. In 1916, President Wilson honored the day by using telegraph signals to unfurl a flag in Spokane when he pressed a button in Washington, D.C. In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge urged state governments to observe Father’s Day.

Today, the day honoring fathers is celebrated in the United States on the third Sunday of June. However, in other countries, especially in Europe and Latin America, fathers are honored on March 19, which is the annual feast of St. Joseph’s Day. Fathers have been honored on this day in Roman Catholicism since the Middle Ages.

To all of our fathers: Happy Father’s Day! Pastor Tony

Halstead Bible Fellowship: email address: Please join us at Neighbor’s Pantry at 3rd and Main street, Halstead, KS, – Sundays at 9:45am.

Pastor Visitation: If you would like a visit from Pastor Tony, please call 620-951-4438 ©

Important Notice: Third Street and sidewalk in front of Halstead Bible Fellowship will be torn up for the next few weeks. Come to the Pantry side of the Neighbor’s Store for church. Plan to park your car on Main Street. Do not park in the alley behind as it will be barricaded.

In Our Family

Pray for: Halstead Community Bible School; Kansas Bible Camp as they prepare for leadership training and summer camp sessions; Brenda Bailey for good results from surgery; Safety for Bill McDowell (Bob’s brother) as he drives across country; Keegan Simmons latest surgery to continue repairs on his hand; Jessica and Nathen Simmons as they support Keegan in his recovery; Bernie Grossardt’s move to assisted living this week; Cheryl Loeffler’s brother Bill, for continued healing;

Give Praise for: Gloria Schroeder’s brother, Dan –home from heart surgery; Heather and Habtom’s sports camp; Eden and Wilmer Quispe’s time with family in Peru; The rain!

June Birthdays Happy birthday to You!

Eden Page Quispe – 12th Colin Bailey – 25th

Missionary Updates:

John & Gwen Haspels,

Just got a call from John in Ethiopia saying he has arrived there safely. That is an answer to prayer – and I never got the prayer warriors informed:) I know that many of you pray for us anyway even when we don’t let you know what is happening.

We had a lovely, busy weekend just before John left for Ethiopia.

It was Mother’s Day and Zion Oppriecht”s graduation all in one wonderful two days. Mom, at 97, was asked to do Zion’s pinning as a BSN graduate so we took her with us three hours to Pittsburg (Kansas) and she was able to be a part of the graduation, pinning and two picnics in the park. Zion is Desta’s oldest child and first to graduate college. Her testimony is that God helped to do this debt free. It has been a growing in knowledge of the subjects and the Lord’s goodness.

John will have a busy time again in Ethiopia but the situation there is much quieter than the last two times with a new prime minister. John hopes to work on two church buildings and attend the opening of Harold Kurtz Memorial Church in Maji, where Harold and many others including ourselves served. He will have guests with him. He will also meet with Bill Hoffman of East Main Pres in Grove City who is bringing his adopted children to see their home country and meet their birth mother. Thanks for your prayers for him.

I had my surgery in March. The doctor put a skin graft under my nose to lengthen the lip and close the hole (He calls it a “snarl”) on the left side. It has not closed the hole but it has evened out the symmetry of the face somewhat. When I saw him the end of April he advised me to keep massaging it with Vitamin E oil so that is what I am doing. We are blessed to have had such a great doctor and dentist.

Thanks be to God! We trust you all are well and growing in your knowledge of the Lord’s goodness.

Love in Jesus, Gwen and John

John & Joy Haspels, AIM, Nairobi, Kenya:

Pray that drop of truth will feed a massive harvest for Christ.

In Christ, John and Joy, Acacia, Charlie, Sianna, Tierra Haspels

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Habtom, Heather, Faith, Hope & Josiah Kebede, Box 1111 (c/o John Haspels), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: *

Dear Friends and Family,

May God’ great love and amazing power fill your lives and hearts. Thank you for all your prayers and support!

Camp- It has been a busy month at camp. It seems like every time we turn around there are new kids showing up and wanting to play ball. It is exciting to see God drawing these kids to the camp. Most of the new kids tag along with kids who are registered at the camp. We hope we will be able to register these kids soon. Some changes we have seen in the camp kids seems small but when we look back to January when we started they are significant. First, the ability of the camp kids to follow instruction. When we first came it seemed like you would have to repeat yourself many times for the kids to follow instruction. Second, the desire to participate in different activities. Quite a few of them would just sit and watch what was going on. You would have to coax them to get in and they were not actively involved. Now most of them beg to participate and are active in the games and activities. Third is the level of respect they have for each other. The punishment for calling names and fighting is different sports activities (running, sit ups, pushups, squats and other activities). The amount of fighting and name calling has really gone down and more than that they now wait till everyone is served before eating. Which I can imagine is tough when you are hungry. Praise the Lord. Fourth and maybe the most significant to us is the desire to serve. When we came, they all had the attitude of serve me – expecting to be waited on hand and foot. Now each time we get water and food ready it is a fight over who gets to serve that day. Changing of the heart attitude is so wonderful to see. Praise God. Faith recently reached out to one of the little girls, Hanna, who possibly has some sort of disorder. She sometimes gets aggressive with people and has a really hard time learning. Now Hanna seems a lot more at peace and tries to get a little more involved with games the girls are playing. We continue to pray for her to have freedom, joy and to know the love of Jesus. Last Saturday the teacher, Philip, who works for the camp asked them, “Is there anyone not thankful for the food?” They all said no. Then he asked, “Is there anyone not thankful to God for providing it?” They all said no. “So,” he said “Let us thank God together in prayer for this food.” Praise God everyone bowed their heads to pray. May God touch their hearts.

Thank you for all your prayers and support. God bless, Habtom, Heather, Faith, Hope and Josiah

Anne Adrian, ISI, Lakeland, Florida

My dear Partners in Ministry,

It’s been a good year!  Always we pray for God to lead us to the students in whom He is already at work, drawing them to Himself. Regeneration is a work that only God can do (John 3:3)!  Jesus makes it clear that our job is to sow the SEED!  He is the One who gives growth so that “the harvest is ripe!” This year we have had more spiritual conversations with students than I ever remember in my time here in Lakeland.  That is clearly an answer to our prayers!

Sometimes the impact we have on students is not felt until later – some of you may remember praying for C from Columbia.  We had many good Gospel conversations during the 4 years she was a part of our Ladies English Class; then she had to go home.  God has been at work through some difficult times these last 2 years so that her heart is more open now.  She is now going to a massage therapist who is giving her portions of John to read & then asking her questions about the passage!!! 😊 C is listening, asking more personal questions about what it means to know God.  As we met over lunch at the Olive Garden (her choice!), I was able again to explain how the Gospel is different than simply being religious & trying to be good – He is the One who changes our hearts!!  Please pray for her as she reads the Gospel of John that the Holy Spirit will shine His light into her heart (2 Cor 4:6)!

Please keep on praying for N as she is home for a couple weeks before she returns for her internship in Lakeland.  Often when students go home, even for a short while, they lose their eagerness to keep on studying the Scriptures.  When she returns, we plan to continue our M28 Bible studies. Please pray that all her interactions with her family & friends will increase her hunger to know Jesus.  Pray also for L, her China-born, but adopted as a 2-year-old, roommate, who has been tagging along to events & is showing interest in Christianity.

For those who come from very different cultures & religions, much of our conversation is simply satisfying curiosity: what does the Bible say about tattoos?  Dating?  Dress codes?  Pork? Talking about “rules” gives us a chance to share what saving faith in Christ means & how that impacts our lives.  This week over lunch with A & his mother from Pakistan, I had perhaps the most forthright conversation I’ve ever had with a Mu$lim about who Jesus is & how a person cannot be saved by their own merit, but by trusting in His work on the Cross – all controversial topics in I$lam.  I think A, at least, understood what I was saying.  So often Mu$lims will try to say that really we all believe the same thing, but it was clear in this conversation that we did not.  That’s essential because any other “gospel” cannot save us!  As Paul says in Romans 1, “…the Gospel…is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes!” Change the message & you have no salvation.  Pray that the Seed sown in their hearts would bear fruit unto salvation.  Pray that we will persevere in loving, serving & speaking the Truth as God gives us opportunity. Please continue to pray with us for more partners in Lakeland who are willing to get involved both in serving & helping to lead the work.

This ministry is built on dedicated people like them & like YOU!  Thank you for being a Co-Laborer in the harvest!  May the Gospel continue to go out into the world through us together!

For the world in our backyards, Anne

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