Oak Creek Canyon Hike October 2008
“these stones are to be a memorial... forever” Joshua 4:7b Dear Friend, Thank you so much for all of your prayers and support over the past several months. God has truly been good and answered our prayers. In mid October, Devon accepted a “tentmaking” position with National Youth Sports. His responsibilities are to grow their existing West Valley Leagues as well as to initiate a Church League that would allow churches to use sports to reach their communities for Christ. It does not pay much, but God has been faithful through you to help us meet our daily needs. Please continue to prayerfully consider whether God might be calling you to partner monthly with our ministry. With all our heart, thank you! the Mackeys
Ebenezer Hike The word “ebenezer” in Hebrew literally means “stone of help”. In 1 Samuel 7, when the Israelites were overrun by the Philistines, Samuel cried out for help, and the Lord intervened. “Then Samuel took a stone and set it up… He named it Ebenezer, saying, “Thus far has the LORD helped us.” (vs.12) In much the same way, Joshua, years earlier, erected stones for remembrance after the Israelites crossed the River Jordan. On October 25th, we decided to erect our own “Ebenezer”. We traveled to Oak Creek Canyon where we each found a rock that would be placed at the entrance of our home to serve as a constant reminder of what He did for us all those years ago. We also posted our family pact, which we adapted from Romans 12 and 13, so that we would be reminded of how we are to live, and how much we need His help in order to do so. Please continue to pray for our kids as they grow and mature in their walk, becoming the men and women that God is making them. Page 1
Mackey Family Pact To the God of the Bible: Showing genuine love for God that hates evil and clings to good
To our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ: A family, irrevocably woven together in love Not self-seeking, but intentionally choosing to lift others up Boiling over with passion for the things of God Looking forward in hopeful anticipation to what God will do next Persevering through trials with constant prayer Meeting the needs of each other as if they were our own Opening our homes, wallets, and hearts
To the world: Earnestly desiring that our enemies would grow in intimacy with God Patterning our heart after Gods in both the sorrow and joy of others Being single-minded in self-effacing service Embracing all things destitute and insignificant Adhering to the highest legal and ethical standards in the world Doing everything in our power to live at peace with everyone Always returning good for evil Letting God dispense justice as He sees fit November 28, 2008
Ministry Update Don has asked me to take on the role of consultant for Face to Face. In October, I helped facilitate a Short-term Team Leader Training at Bridgeway Community Church in the Phoenix area. We teach church leaders who, what, where, when, and hows of leading short-term mission teams overseas.
Take My Life is a conference designed to reach out to mission-minded college
students and twenty-somethings. My chief responsibility is arranging the breakout sessions, and ministry partner booths. This year, we are also launching a new follow-up component to the conference that will challenge the participants to engage their community in service. Please pray for the hearts of those who will attend. It is our desire to provide a place where the Spirit can move and partner them with an organization that will give feet to the flame. I am also working with several other local missions leaders in continuing to grow the West Valley Missions Consortium. Our purpose is to provide an environment where local mission leaders can share their experiences, and lessons learned while developing mutually beneficial partnerships that multiply their efforts for the Kingdom.
Kids Corner The Boys are having another great year at school and in Awana. Aidan and Bryce each celebrated their 8th and 11th birthdays respectively in November. Aidan had an Indiana Jones themed party where he and several friends helped Indy reclaim some stolen relics. Bryce had a few friends over for an all-nighter of video games and movies. Aidan and Brady are both playing baseball for NYS, while Bryce received a scholarship to play on a travel baseball team. He is really enjoying the increased competition. Ashlyn is getting bigger every day, and is anxiously awaiting the arrival of her new playmate in January. She spends most of her time playing with her dolls and destroying her brothers LEGO creations. Page 2
Bryce and Brady helping with a Carnival game
Shannon working the craft table
Refugee Festival of Thanks Devon and I serve on the mission’s team for our Sunday school class at Palmcroft. This year, we chose to partner with Cross Connection International Fellowship for our annual fall outreach and help them facilitate a carnival for the refugees in the area. Their church, formerly West Dunlap Baptist, has recently seen an influx of refugees, and decided to change their focus to reaching this mission field in their own backyard. We called it the Festival of Thanks. On November 16th, approximately 200 refugees from Burma, Iraq, Bhutan, and the Philippines came to fellowship with us and learn about why we celebrate Thanksgiving here in the United States. We set up a variety of games and crafts for the children, served the families a spaghetti dinner, and Pastor Jeff Jackson spoke about how they each could have a “new life” here in America. It was a great opportunity for our entire families to serve the local church. We were all blessed through serving Him and the time of fellowship. Please pray for Pastor Jeff and the church as they continue to follow up with the different refugees that attended. They are truly seeking to reach out holistically, meeting both the spiritual and physical needs of the families. November 28, 2008
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