News from the Backyard: May 2018
Last Month in the Backyards: In April, we continued to distribute food and Bible study materials to our families. Backyard Clubs got started in Huntingdon, Mount Union, and Altoona. We deepened our presence at the doors in Homewood North (Pittsburgh) and Oakhurst Extension (Johnstown). And at our first Backyard Club at Fairview Hills (Altoona) 11 of the 20 children present were Muslim. What a blessing to have the opportunity to teach Muslim kids about Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world.
Coming Up in the Backyards: In May, Backyard Clubs will begin in Lewistown, Johnstown, and Pittsburgh. We are also partnering with churches in Johnstown to develop face to face Bible studies at Oakhurst and Coopersdale. And this summer we are expanding to Portage and considering expansion to Nanty Glo, Blairsville, and Wilkinsburg (Pittsburgh). God is really on the move in the neighborhoods.
Our Featured BYC Kid this month is a group of precious Muslim children in Altoona. These kids are from Egypt, Sudan, and other countries and are mostly the children of refugees. As you can imagine, being a Muslim refugee in America in 2018 is tough. We are very blessed to have developed strong relationships within this community. Please pray for the needs of these families as they adjust to life in a new country and for continued opportunities to share the Gospel with them.
Stories from the Backyard: BYM is now engaged with more than 1000 families. Behind every door there is a story. David was just diagnosed with cancer and told he has 6-9 months to live. Robert was homeless and is thankful for his apartment. Michelle is waiting to find out if her cancer is back. A grandma is being evicted from her apartment because she allowed her homeless son to stay with her. Angie’s dog was run over by a car. Dezaray is blessed that many times the food we brought was all they had for dinner. Ray had surgery and says he opens his door for us because he knows we really care about him. Julia has cancer. A single mom attempted suicide. Brandon lost a loved one. Samantha’s cancer may be back. Lauren has MS. Barb has been sick for 11 years. “Those in need will not always be forgotten.” Psalm 9:18
Current Ministry Needs: BYM has a constant need for cans of soup, Bible activity and coloring books, toothbrushes, and toothpaste. We need more food providers as we lost a major Johnstown provider this month. We also need volunteers for our kid’s programs. Items can be dropped off in Belleville at Yoder’s Tees, in Altoona at 418 26th Avenue, or at any of our BYC programs.
Mobile Soup Kitchen News/Benevolence/Home Bible Studies: BYM distributes more than 3000 food items per month to needy families. BYM also helps needy families with food and housing emergencies. More than 600 adults now participate in our Home Bible Study available in English and Spanish.
BYM Support: You can sponsor a BYC kid for $20.00 a month (or $240.00 a year). Pledges are due the fifteenth of each month. To get started simply send a check made payable to Backyard Ministries to the address below. BYM currently has 50 partnering churches. Please contact us if your church would like to partner with BYM or if you would like us to present the ministry in your church.
DATE & EVENT NAME
2/17/2018 Sr Youth -Christian Music Roadshow – Giant Center, Hershey
3/3/2018 Sr Youth - Bigger and Better Game @ the church
4/8/2018 Golden Ager Luncheon by Sr Youth
4/14/2018 Sr Youth - Hershey Bears Hockey Game
4/22/2018 Sr Youth - Adopt-a-Highway @ the church
8/17/2018 Sr Youth - Camping Trip
8/18/2018 Sr Youth - Camping Trip
9/9/2018 Sr Youth - Move Up Sunday Party
9/15/2018 Sr Youth - Split Group Activities
10/13/2018 Sr Youth - Picture Scavenger Hunt @ church
11/10/2018 Sr Youth - Sky Zone
12/1/2018 Sr Youth - Christmas Party
12/28/2018 Sr Youth - "All Nighter "
Missionary Praise and Prayer Requests
Matt and January Zimmerman ABWE Heading to Trinidad
Pray for Visa approval to enter Trinidad.
Pray for the need of $180/month additional support to cover health insurance.
Pray for relief from asthma attacks for Matt.
Pray for the people of Trinidad that the Holy Spirit would prepare hearts and minds to receive Christ
and to use the Zimmerman’s to accomplish His will.
Jack and June Landis- CEF Chester County PA
Thursday is a big club day, and we all sense our need of your prayer support. Clubs meet in schools at
Beaver Creek, East Fallowfield, French Creek, Honey Brook, Robeson, Twin Valley, and Rainbow.
Bring before the Lord our need of adults and teens to join us as day camp staff—kitchen and recreation
workers, Nurse/First-Aid, team leaders, team helpers.
Ask God to work in the hearts of the children hearing His stories week after week.
Pray for safety and God’s hand of protection in the club ministry.
Monday is club day for Fern Hill and Hillendale Elementaries. Thank you for praying!
Clubs meet at Bradford Heights and Kings Highway on Tuesdays. Pray for listening ears and open
Caln Elementary Good News Club meets today after school. Pray for wisdom for each of our teams.
Pray that the Word of God would go forth in truth and power today in our clubs and that the gospel
would be clear.
Pray about the need of more teams to go to more schools with Good News Clubs. We’re specifically
praying for Col-legium, Friendship and Reeceville. That would complete the Coatesville School District.
Praise the Lord for all of the people in the Good News Club teams. We’re grateful that these folks love
the Lord and love the children who need Him so desperately. Obviously, we couldn’t do this ministry
Pray for the children who have loved ones who are seriously ill.
Pray for the children who have older siblings or other loved ones who are in trouble.
Pray for protection from opposition or wrongful attack throughout the club ministry.
Praise the Lord for the precious truth that Jesus loves you and me—and all the children.
It’s our goal to give some individual attention to each clubbers whenever possible. Pray for those
We are memorizing verses and singing songs that teach that Jesus is God alone. In the midst of the
confusion around us, ask God to use this powerful truth to encourage the Christian child and to draw
the unbelieving child to Himself.
Pray that children would gain a burden from the missionary story being taught in club for sharing the
gospel with children all around the world.
Pray that our team of 90 would bring glory to God through the Good News Club ministry.
This Presidents Day, pray “for all that are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all
godliness and honesty.” (1 Timothy 2:2)
Remember to pray for new places to hold 5-Day Clubs this summer.
Many of our club children are from unbelieving homes. Thank God they come to club! Pray for the
salvation of their families. Pray for our club staff as they minister to these families.
Missionary Praise and Prayer Requests
Ask the Lord to raise up children from our clubs to lead their classmates in doing right.
Ask the Lord to fill the children with the assurance of His love for them and His presence with them.
Pray that the Christian children in club would believe God for victory over sin in their lives.
Thank you for praying for our family for many years. Rebekah finishes this semester at Liberty
University with a degree in Cinematic Arts. She is burdened to reach the people of the film industry
with the love of Jesus.
Pray for Caleb & Abby and Hannah & Bill, that God would bless their homes, their work, and their
Pray for our grandson Max that he would be strong in spirit, full of wisdom, and wise unto salvation.
Pray for us, for wisdom, strength, and guidance to fulfill our responsibilities.
Pray for Day cares, community room, churches, campgrounds, homes; to hold 5-day clubs: places
where children can gather for a week to hear the Good News of Jesus.
30. Adults and teens to join our day camp teams in the kitchen, recreation, nurse/first-aid, team
Pray for needed camp store items; new inexpensive toys, craft and school supplies, stuffed animals,
Pray for partners to join our team and go with us to more schools including Friendship, Collegium, and
the remaining Coatesville schools without a Good News Club.
Eric and Wendy Stottlemyer - Senegal, W. Africa Ministering to the Badyaranke People
Praise for the good attendance by the Badyaranke people for the Bible teaching sessions.
Pray for the Bible translation checks in the books of Ephesians, 1Corinthians, and Romans.
Pray for the translation process so that the Badyaranke people can understand Biblical concepts.
Pray for open doors, prepared hearts, boldness, and fruitfulness.
Pray for safety as the Badyaranke team work in a third world country.
Kevin Dellape - Backyard Ministries Altoona
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Featured Missionaries: Hanaheel Ministries
I praise the Lord for the honor of teaching a Jewish evangelism seminar to a group of 80+ students at Camp Shoshanah in Keeseville, NY from July 8th - 22nd. The camp is run by Ariel Ministries (another Jewish mission like ours). It was one of the highlights of my career in Jewish missions. Many of the students said that the information they received will be very beneficial to them in their future endeavors to share the Gospel with God's Chosen People. To think that I could have an impact on improving another believer's ability to witness to Jewish people, or possibly even lead them to the Lord, is quite overwhelming to say the least. "My cup runneth over" with joy.
Yours for the message of Israel's Messiah,
Every year the kids have the opportunity of going to Camp Calvary, located in Reading PA. The trip is filled with adventures, games and teachings from the word of God that makes a permanent stamp in their lives. This year our trip was a blast and we had many kids making decisions for Christ. We'll let the pictures tell you more!