Pastor Joyce's sermons

Prayer for the Week

May 19, 2019


God beyond all comprehension,

    You pour out your mercy upon us.

Open our eyes blind to the world around us,

    And our ears deaf to the cry of the sick and the poor.

Your Holy Spirit is a window to all around us

    Breathing your power and your strength on us.

In the name of him who shared your spirit with us     

    Even Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen


Thought for the Week

May 19, 2019

The good news of the resur-rection of Jesus is not that we shall die and go home to be with him, but that he has risen and comes home with us, bringing all his hungry, naked, thirsty, sick prisoner [brothers and sisters] with him.

Clarence Jordan

writer and activist



The flower that is single need not envy the thorns that are numerous.

Rabindinnath Tagore

Indian poet



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Global Ministries



 Nishan Bakalian, Lebanon - John 21:1-19
12 Monica Liddle, East Timor - John 10:22-30
19 Michelle McKay, Haiti - John 13:31-35
26 Phyllis Byrd, Kenya - John 14:23-29

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International Ministries 


Pray for Karen Smith beginning new ministry with IM as Area Director for Africa.

As of May 1, 2019 Karen, entered a new role with IM as Area Director for Africa. She resigned her position as IM global servant in Thailand. Karen was the program consultant to the New Life Center Foundation (NLCF). This ministry, based in northern Thailand, serves ethnic minority women who are at risk for labor exploitation.


My deepest passions are equipping leaders, working with IM partners, and communicating what God is doing around the world. Truly, mission today is “…from everywhere to everyone” (this quote is by missiologist Samuel Escobar) and it is so exciting to be a part of what God is doing! Given these passions and my work experiences – and after a significant process of interviews and prayerful discernment – IM offered me the role of “Area Director” for Africa. I accepted this offer with great joy and officially began my new role on May 1st, 2019.



Pray for Denise and Juan Aragón empowering leaders emotionally and economically in Chiapas, Mexico

Juan and Denise serve in partnership with the Council of Rural Indigenous Evangelicals of Mexico (Consejo Indígena Campesino Evangélico de México, CICEM) in Chiapas, Mexico. They both work in training, prevention and education as they learn the community needs and look for ways to emotionally and econo-mically empower leaders in their communities. Juan focuses on theological education and leadership training as he accomp-anies, coaches and disciples new church leaders. Denise’s ministry seeks to empower women, especially those who are victims of domestic abuse.

       Juan writes - As Denise and I become acquainted with the lives of those we serve, we often wonder, “what difference can we really make?”  

        We’re on this journey for the long haul. So, we have intentionally decided to master two things we believe to be foundational in our calling to Chiapas. “A little thing is a little thing, but faithfulness in a little thing is a big thing,” Hudson Taylor wisely observed. We want to be faithful in two “little things”: depending on God and cultivating trust and relationships.

        We must depend on God for guidance, provision, and protection. Do we take the time to listen to the Spirit’s guidance? Are we obeying his voice? Or are our thoughts and actions driven by worry and fear? Do we trust that He will continue to provide for ours and ministry needs? Do we trust He protects us as we traverse the roads in Chiapas? We’ve seen God’s faithfulness in every step of this adventure but trusting and depending on Him is aWe day-to-day practice.

         Cultivating trust and relationships is a gradual process. It requires time, patience and care. We’ve discovered it’s until the third or fourth visit to a church when we start getting a glimpse of who they really are, their hopes and joys, and the challenges they face. Conversations over meals, cooking tortillas, doing dishes, playing with the children, celebrating baptisms, a wed-ding, birthdays, and the birth of a child, mourning with them during the death of a mother, a child; and offering hospitality when the needed medical treatment is only offered in San Cristobal are some of the ways we’ve done this.

          Recently, a sister from a Tseltal community sent me a WhatsApp message with a Scripture that encouraged me to keep mastering the basics and be faithful in the little things: “So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.” (1 Corinthians 15:58).

          Thank you for journeying with us as we serve and equip God’s people in Chiapas! Read their full journal at

Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer.

Rom. 12:12 NRSV