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Do you enjoy the teachings of world renowned apologist, Ravi Zacharias? The Regeneration Center is pleased to announce its sponsorship of the Ravi Zacharias show on KOOL TV each Sunday, beginning this Sunday, February5. The show will air from 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. In the Alexandria area, it can be viewed on Selective TV (with an antenna) on channel 21.1. KOOL TV’s signal is also broadcast over the air on UHF TV in the Willmar area on channel 34.2, as well as on several cable systems around Northern, Central, and Southern Minnesota. The broadcast signal can also be viewed from their website via the “Watch Live” button at the top of the page (http://www.kooltv-mn.com/).

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Praise God! Recently, 110 Audio Bibles, shipped from The Regeneration Center (TRC), arrived safely in Ghana. Thanks to Christian Outreach Fellowship (COF), all 110 Bibles have been distributed to villages in the north.
Here is a report from Emmanuel, COF Executive Director, regarding the recent distribution:

No words could express the joy and gratitude the Timothies (local church planters) and their communities showed when they received the donation of audio Bibles from the Regeneration Center through their local partner, Christian Outreach Fellowship.
Their joy and gratitude was premised on the fact that Northern Ghana remains a deprived area in terms of human and material resources for the evangelization and discipleship of the area. The limited number of Christian workers overstretch themselves beyond limit in order to minister to the spiritual and other needs of the people. The audio Bibles therefore were seen as a great resource to complement their discipleship efforts.
For the recipient communities and their leaders, their joy and gratitude sprang from the fact that they are largely non-literate and depend on orality as a way of communication, hence the Bibles are well suited for their use. Additionally, the audio Bibles will boost their sense of togetherness and will above all, enable them to learn the Word of God.
At one of the beneficiary communities, as they were being taught and shown how to operate an Audio Bible, a gentleman by the name of Samson Limeel exclaimed to me ‘During your next visit, even the children in this village will tell you the story we are hearing’. This was when they were listening to the story of the birth of Jesus being so clearly narrated in their mother-tongue.
It is our prayer that the people’s excitement will be translated into transformed lives as they become doers of the Word and not hearers only.

Imagine Chrisblankets of love 2tmas without music, family, laughter, decorations, without snow, or a tree complete with lights, trimmings, and presents below, without being able to give or receive, without Jesus.  For those incarcerated, this typically joyous occasion is overshadowed with sadness, grief, shame, depression and guilt, as inmates find themselves separated from loved ones and celebration.

With the help of church and community volunteers and funds, dozens of inmates at the Douglas County Jail have had the opportunity to make “Blankets of Love” for loved ones over the past 5 years. The idea was birthed after an inmate requested “Blankets of Love” to be given to her children for Christmas back in 2010.  Blankets were purchased by local church members and delivered, but it seemed that more needed to be done to truly communicate the heart behind “BLANKETS OF LOVE”.

The following year, female inmates were invited to request fleece fabric in their child’s favorite colors and design, which the mother was then able to cut and tie with her own hands.  Volunteers then wrapped and delivered these handmade “BLANKETS OF LOVE” before Christmas.  Since then, the opportunity has been extended to all inmates, who can make at least one blanket, even if they have no children.  The recipient’s name, along with a Scripture is also embroidered on the blanket, and Christian books or DVDs have been included if the inmate so chooses.  Last year, 82 “BLANKETS OF LOVE” bridged the gap and brought joy to inmates and loved ones, who also suffer the sadness of separation at Christmas.

While attending the Regeneration Center banquet this fall, I struck up a conversation with the man sitting next to me.   I soon realized that, as an inmate last Christmas, this man had made a blanket for the beautiful daughter who was sitting beside him!  He told me how very thankful and proud he was to make and give that gift to her.  The blanket was very well received and holds a place of honor on her bed to this day!  After being released in January of this year, this man was reunited with his daughter and kept in touch with Dave Schonberg, whom he also met while incarcerated.  A few months later, he started working with Dave at Opportunity Enterprises where he is now a foreman, managing orders for parts from WASP.

If you would like to share the love of Jesus with inmates and families this Christmas, help is needed with shopping, preparing fabric, and wrapping.  Funds are also needed for the blanket supplies, Christian books, DVDs, and the Jesus Storybook Bibles.  Donations may be made to the Regeneration Center (please Memo to Blankets of Love).  If you would like to help or have any other questions you may contact Ardyce Harris at 320-766-2019.

marvandmarieandkids485x350Really Lord? Another move in our future? With 15 children? Previously, we shared with you about all the things the people who own the property where we currently live, wanted to do for us. Well, it ended up not being their cup of tea.

When we finally received the lease agreement and presented it to our board here, the board unanimously would not agree to those terms. There was almost nothing that was in the original verbal agreement, so before investing anymore in this place with the possibility of losing it all in the future, it appears it is time to move once again.

There is a piece of property we looked at a year ago and decided that the price was out of line for the property. It has now been drastically reduced and it is looking like this is the direction the Lord is leading us. There are three homes on the property:  a five-bedroom home for us and the children; a second home for another couple to serve with us; and a third home for people to stay when they come to volunteer/visit.

There are some repairs that need to be done, but with the lower price, it should now make it all feasible.

We previously raised $14,000.00 and we need to raise approximately another $50,000.00. The place will be purchased with trustees from the board under Place of Hope Africa.

We trust that the Lord will bring in the needed finances since He is the one leading us this direction and has provided a much more affordable place.

Also, this property is located near the house we previously lived and will be much closer to our employees and the children’s school.

We have stated in a previous letter that only the Lord knows the bigger picture….why we didn’t get all the funds needed for the other house we were going to purchase and why we did not put too much in to the place we are in until we saw a lease agreement.

The immediate amount needed ASAP is $25,000—$30,000. We have more time to raise the remaining amount.

Marv and Marie

 

Go here to give towards the future purchase of their new property!