Ministry Update of Curtis and Rachel Rhoadarmer
Thank you for your prayers for passing Phase 2 (the exam phase) towards certification with the ACBC. Rachel passed with flying colors after spending the previous year working on her exams. She has now moved onto Phase 3- the Supervision stage. She began doing Biblical Counseling last week with Amy* and was able to lead Amy to Christ as Savior. She had grown up “believing” but wasn’t sure whether or not she was good enough to be saved. She now understands the grace of God- and the importance of what Jesus did on the cross for her. Rachel will continue to meet with her over the next few weeks to help her with a variety of “problems” in her life to seek answers in God’s word for true and lasting change.
From our Family to Yours-
We wish you Joy this Christmas.
J- Jesus. Our Savior and our Friend who walks with us no matter what we are facing. Read more
We hope you have seen a glimpse of God at work this past year. Ministry has adapted and changed a lot this year- but continues and grows! We praise the Lord for how we have seen Him move this year and we know He is still on His throne. We hope you are encouraged! We are so thankful for you! Read more
Together We Rise!
This year Rachel helped plan the Pregnancy Help Center of Grant County’s Annual Fundraising Banquet. Due to Covid-19 we changed it up and had a virtual banquet. We had people attend live, others attend church watch parties, while others watched virtually from their home computer screens. There were safety benefits from doing it this way of course, but one of the side benefits is that we can invite you to attend too! To get a better picture of the ministry Rachel is involved in, and to hear a phenomenal speaker, Mike Spencer with Project Life Voice, we’d encourage you to watch.
NEW ADDRESS, SAME GREAT MINISTRY!!
A year ago, when Rachel’s Aunt Pam moved out of our house into a nursing home facility we began praying about moving closer to our church and to the kids’ new school district. After having our house on the market for 6 months with no buyers, and in the middle of lock down we had decided to put it off and try again next year. But then God. God brought cash buyers to us a month after our house was taken off the market. So we scrambled, packed up our things, put it into storage and moved into a dear friend’s house temporarily while they were gone for the summer.
Women aren’t the only people impacted by abortion decisions. Men are as well. Curtis and I began doing post-abortion couple’s counseling with a married couple in our community. We believe God is going to do a great work of healing in the couple’s life and marriage through these sessions. While Rachel has been leading women’s post-abortion studies for the past few years, Curtis has never been involved. This is a new and exciting challenge and we are expecting great things from the Lord as we walk this journey with this couple. Please be praying for wisdom as we all meet together- there will be times we anticipate meeting separately (men and women) and then times coming together. Read more
Covid- 19 changes the way Ministry looks
The world looks a lot different right now- and while the ministry “vehicle” is different it’s no less busy. Some days it’s even busier and more challenging.
Rachel’s Virtual Bible Study has continued as it began with little change. But a study on anxiety and contentment seems even more timely. Next week will be the conclusion of this 14 week study.
GriefShare has gone online! Thankfully the company uploaded all the video content and has even made the workbooks available for purchase individually. Our group of 4 has continued to meet every Tuesday morning. Please continue to pray for these individuals. Grief takes on a whole new identity in isolation and it makes this ministry even more crucial. We have about 4-5 weeks left before this session ends but my plan is to add a summer virtual session. If you are someone you know might be interested in participating please let me know.
Ministry looks different in the midst of a “social distance” world.
Rachel continues an online Bible Study for women through Facebook. Online Bible Studies are great during this time and so we will press on!
Church services at New Hope have been canceled in person- and we are switching gears for virtual messages and activities. There is no substitution for gathering together as a local body, but for this season we are using what tools we have available to us to continue the work of Evangelism and Discipleship.
“Just got done at an amazing art of marriage retreat at our church! So much great information on how to keep God at the center of our marriage and to be the best godly wife I can be to my husband. I am so blessed to have been able to participate in this retreat!”
This was one of the many positive responses from the Art of Marriage Conference we hosted last weekend. We had 10 couple participate- 4 of them from outside our church. Two of those couples are currently without a church at all.Please continue praying for these couples as God works in their marriages.
Rachel started something new this past week. After a great indepth Bible Study this past fall she decided to go over the same material “Calm my Anxious Heart” by Linda Dillow but this time…. it’s a virtual Bible Study. Seventeen women have committed to joining Rachel in this virtual Bible Study over the next 13 weeks. Pray for Rachel as she ministers in this new format and for the ladies who are studying what God’s word has to say about their worry/anxiety. Read more