Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Battle is On!

Mark and I have served together in ministry since 1982. We have worked side by side for 28 years. Mark's first position was as Pastor of Travis Baptist Church in Travis, Texas. We were students at Baylor University. Travis Baptist Church was a tiny church in a tiny town in the middle of Texas. We would drive out there each weekend and Mark would preach his heart out to the 10 elderly folks who were there, some of them fast asleep in the pew! The first Sunday we showed up, I was asked to play the piano. If you know me at all, you know that I don't really play the piano, so you can just imagine how nice the worship service was! 

From that humble beginning, we went on to serve several churches as Student Minister, Associate Pastor, and Pastor. We served for several years as missionaries in Mexico City. And then we returned to Houston and founded Community of Faith in 2003. 

Through all of the years, and all the challenges and struggles of ministry, I can honestly tell you that I have never seen God's hand at work in such amazing ways as we are seeing take place at Community of Faith. And I can honestly tell you that I have never felt spiritual warfare to the extent that we are experiencing it now. 

God's word tells us that our enemy is on the prowl with the single purpose of stealing, killing, and destroying all that God is doing (John 10:10). I have experienced firsthand the power of your prayers in my life. Will you please join us in praying for Community of Faith, for our staff and families, for the people of our community, and for our ministries around the world? 

I am listing here the names of our staff members and their spouses so that you can pray for them by name. I look forward to seeing God's answer to your prayers!

Aaron and Lisa Thomas                                       
Amos and Rachel Rivera                                      
Amy and Jason Hibbard                                     
Andie and Chris Wyrick                                        
Becky Riggs                                                      
Blake and Robin Jackson                                     
Claude and Kelley Nicondeha                               
Damon and Jackie Shook                                    
David and Sydneyann Shook                               
David and Becky Sanders                              
Derek and Mindy Flint                                         
Donald and Gretchen Butler                               
Donette Terry                  
Jimmy and Cassie Herndon                                  
Kerry and Mauri Johnson                                    
Krystal Honick    
Lance and Kathy Price      
Laura and Mike Kinion
Marco and Carina Monroy
Mark and Laura Shook
Matthew and Elizabeth Crook
Mona and Gary Sills
Nathan and Kaycee White
PJ and Joni Scruggs
Robert Sewell
Samantha and Shane Krantz
Sherry Naron
Tara and Daniel Wainwright
Teri and Brent Longnecker
Student Interns: Mike, Zack, Arianna, Rae

"So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do." 2 Thessalonians 1:11

Thank you!


  1. I thank God for you and for all the prayers!

  2. Thank you for giving us a list so we could pray specifically. We have felt that same battle going on in our lives as well. It is comforting to know, however, that we are not battling alone!