Here is a post directly from the website “Lighthouse Ministries” located in the Brownsville, TX area and which serves in the Rio Grande Valley area of South Texas, and the state of Tamaulipas, Mexico. Please pray for this ministry which is headed by Pastor Joe and Claudia Staniforth as they prepare for revival services, and work and witness projects in July.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord! We are grateful to know that brothers and sisters in different parts of the world are praying for God to move in America. There is a great need for prayer, even now as we write the Spirit beckons us to our knees!
We live in troubled times! The economic decline has left many jobless. In the United States alone, 2.8 million jobs were lost last year (the highest since the end of World War II), and all the New Year celebrations have done nothing to turn the trend. 71,400 lost a job in the first three and a half weeks! Suicides are on the rise, as many have witnessed their own gods of materialism and wealth come crashing to the ground.
Worst of all, while numerous people are looking for a new hope, false prophets are still filling them with the old lies. For example, the message of the “health and wealth” churches of Laodicea remains the same. Their promises of God’s material blessings upon all those who invest in their ministries are still readily available to almost every TV viewer in the country. Though the decline proves otherwise, their promise of “Your Best Life Now” remains the same.
Furthermore, at a time when many need to hear the uncompromised truth of God’s Word, the Emergent church has risen up among us in an attempt to redefine that truth. If you are unaware of this new cult on the block, I urge you to pray and study it, lest you be overcome (www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com). This movement is like a termite that serves to crawl within the woodwork of Christian denominations and nibble away at doctrines. It has a language of its own, never directly attacking, only subtly reinterpreting scriptural truths.*
Though it may seem the odds are against us, the Lord is still on the throne! Praise His holy name! He has laid a verse on our hearts:
“Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” (Jeremiah 33:4)
We need to cry out to Christ in the midst of all these troubles. Though our hearts cannot be troubled – for we have been given a glorious hope (John 14:1) – we must cry out to God for those who are devastated and deceived. We must cry out till our voices become hoarse!
We believe that the Lord desires to “show us great and mighty things” – things greater than we can ever imagine: “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.” (Eph. 3:20) We have prayed about the present state of things, and have asked the Lord what we can do in our corner of the globe. After seeking both the Spirit and the Word, we believe the Lord is leading us to do revival services in both Brownsville, Texas and Matamoros, Mexico. We hope to hold these services outdoors, for the duration of a month (perhaps even in tents).
However, we need your prayers! We need you to pray for a mighty movement of the Holy Spirit. We are not seeking to manipulate the direction in which He moves, we only desire that He does move. We are seeking an encounter with the Almighty, as men of God faithfully preach the unadulterated truths of His holy Word. Please begin praying today, brothers and sisters. The revivals will be in July.
Also, please pray for the help of evangelists and work and witness teams. There are three that have already volunteered to preach. We do not currently have a great amount of funding, and preaching will have to be perceived as voluntary missions work. Furthermore, we are seeking the help of work and witness teams that will be adding their own dimensions to the services (e.g. skits and singing). Also, please pray for missionary Steve Brown from Kingsville Church of the Nazarene who will be helping to direct work projects on needy churches on both sides of the border.
On a quick note, the Lord is continuing to move in our Bible study at the park. Each week, new souls stop by to hear the Word of God. Most importantly, a group of about ten are returning each week, which may develop into a core. Your prayers are being answered for the new start church!
Thank you, once again! May God bring increase to each of your ministries, in order that they may serve to be a living example of His Son. May He be glorified and praised!
Yours in Christ,
Pastor Joe & Claudia Staniforth
“‘And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory,’ says the Lord of Hosts. (Haggai 2:7)
*For example, let us take the doctrine of repentance. In an age where we desperately need to preach repentance, Brian McLaren, a leader of this movement, is seeking to reinterpret this truth: “The word (repent) means to rethink—to reconsider your direction and consider a new one, to admit that you might be wrong, to give your life a second thought, to think about your thinking.” (“The Secret Message of Jesus” 2006, pg. 47) Admitting we “may be wrong” will not spare the sinner from the judgment of God that is presently upon them. The Christ of the Bible cannot forgive anything short of “Godly sorrow” that “produces repentance leading to salvation.” A mere consideration of one’s sinful state “falls short of the glory of God,” and is a “sorrow of the world” that “produces death.” (II Cor. 7:10; Romans 3:23)