District Prayer Letter

Dear Prayer Partners:

                This will be my last Prayer Letter as your District Superintendent.  I want to take this opportunity to say thank you for praying for me and my family.  Your prayers have sustained us,  encouraged us, and blessed us.  I covenant to continue to pray with you for this great District and mission field.  Let’s pray for …

  • A 21st Century Pentecost
  • A fresh outpouring of God’s Spirit upon our upcoming District Assembly and Conventions.
  • Pray for our presiding General Superintendent, Dr. David Busic, as he leads the Assembly.  Pray especially for the Ordination Service, April 23rd.
  • Pray for the election of our next District Superintendent.
  • Pray for the District staff and the Ephrata Church staff as they prepare for the Assembly.
  • Pray for Eastern Nazarene College.  We had a very positive and productive Board of Trustees’ meeting in March.  God’s Spirit is moving on the campus.  Pray for our students as well.
  • Pray for Dr. Timothy Wooster, Chief Operations Officer and CEO, along with the search for our next college president.
  • Pray for Dennis and Alice Boel.  Pastor Dennis (retired) continues to struggle with health issues and is undergoing tests. 
  • Continue to pray for Pastor Lou and Shirley Gatti (Williamsport, PA).  Shirley just had back surgery and is home recovering.  Continue to pray for their son. David.
  • Remember Pastor Mark Justice (Lancaster, PA) as he continues to recover from surgery for a torn rotator cuff.
  • Continue to pray for Pastor Roney Castro (Philadelphia, PA, New Life) that his wife and daughter will be able to re-enter the United States from Brazil.  We need a miracle!
  • We give God praise that this wonderful Portuguese congregation under Pastor Roney’s leadership was officially organized as a Church of the Nazarene on March 18th.
  • Also, on March 18th, we dedicated a building that will house the Darby (PA) Agape Missionary Church of the Nazarene under the leadership of Pastor Bleemie Zoewah.  Congratulations and PTL!
  • There may be a break through between the city of Philadelphia and Front Step, Inc., regarding the property at Lehigh Street.  Pray that the city will take back this piece of property at no cost to Front Step.
  • Continue to pray for retired Pastor, Rich Collins.
  • Continue to pray for our churches in pastoral transition:  Cape May (NJ) Seashore; Selinsgrove (PA) [interviewing]; and Montoursville (PA) Twin Hills [interviewing].  We give God praise for the new pastoral leadership coming to Bridgeton (NJ) with Rev. James Peterson; Burlington (NJ) with Rev. William Sarog; and Lewisburg ({PA) Crossroads with Rev. Steve Vaughn.
  • Please pray for Enid Lahr, wife of retired pastor, Wendle Lahr, who fell this past month and fractured her hip.  Pray for her recovery at home.

Finally, Happy Easter!  He is Risen!

Pastor Newell