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Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation

Current Happenings & Prayer Needs

There are two primary ways you can support CCEF’s ministry—through prayer and financial giving. Each month we will update this page to inform you of some of the current happenings and specific prayer needs.

Current Happenings & Prayer Needs

On any given day our faculty, staff, and counselors work to fulfill our mission to restore Christ to counseling and counseling to the church by thinking biblically about the issues of living in order to equip the church to meet counseling-related needs.

What does this actually mean? It means we have a firm belief in the power of Jesus to transform lives—even the lives of people with deep, painful and persistent troubles. And so we strive to live out this belief in our counseling, our teaching and our writing. It means we believe God uses ordinary people to bring about change in other people’s lives. Every single believer is called to be a helper—to offer words of wisdom in times of need. And so we equip people from different walks of life, all over the world, to grow as caregivers and helpers.

Here is a snapshot of what is happening toward this aim on any given day this month:

During the first week of February Mike Emlet completes his teaching at Evangelical Baptist Seminary of Québec (SEMBEQ) in Québec. He will spend a week with students working through his course, Counseling & Physiology. SEMBEQ began translating our courses several years ago and we continue to enjoy a growing friendship with the men and women there. We are grateful for our partnership with SEMBEQ.

February 2–5th Ed Welch travels to Charleston, SC to minister alongside our friends Brother Dallas and Janie Wilson at Peninsula Biblical Counseling Center (PBCC). Ed will speak on biblical counseling and how to minister the Bible in the context of violence. You can read more about PBCC in our recent magazine.

February 6th marks the beginning of a final semester of live teaching for our faculty and instructors at Westminster Theological Seminary. This ending marks a new beginning for our faculty as they continue to devote themselves to expanding our online learning program, developing new courses that better equip men and women who are serving in their local churches, and devote themselves to counseling, writing, and speaking.

February 10th we have our all-staff and counselor quarterly prayer and town hall meeting. As a staff, we meet every morning to pray together for thirty minutes. This extended prayer and update meeting provides us with a special time of respite from normal daily activities to corporately devote ourselves to giving thanks and making our requests known to the Lord (Philippians 4:6).

February 14th our counselors gather together for their monthly large group training. David Powlison will lead this time of fellowship, encouragement, and training.

February 16th Ed Welch travels to speak at Grove City College. His talk is entitled “Our Gaze and the Noise: Pastoral Words from Hebrews, and Anxiety (aka Endless Noise).”

February 24–25th Ed Welch travels to Cumming, GA to speak at the Renewal Conference to teach on depression, peer pressure and how people change.

February 22–26th David Powlison and others travel to Dallas, TX to connect with churches, partners, and students. I (Rebecca Eaton) will travel with David and will be connecting with churches who serve the Deaf community. We will offer American Sign Language (ASL) at our national conference again in October and we need to spread the word.

February 25th Julie Lowe will speak at Calvary Chapel Chester Springs on child abuse and mandated reporting.

Prayer Needs

  • Pray for Winston Smith who has accepted a pastoral call in Abington, PA. We are grateful for his 20+ years of service to our ministry and thankful he will still teach with us as his schedule allows. Read more about his recent transition here.
  • Pray for our faculty, lecturers, instructors and students as they embark on a three-month season of focused and intentional study of God’s Word with the goal of serving His people with insight and compassion.
  • Pray for our editors—Lauren Whitman, Kim Monroe, and Bruce Eaton—as they work on several projects this month including the next issue of our Journal of Biblical Counseling and the next topic (Shame) in our Curriculum series.
  • Pray for our counselors. We average over 120 hours of counseling each week. Tuesdays are a particularly full day of counseling for us. Pray for a depth of wisdom that points people to Jesus and ask God to help us when we struggle to believe in God’s power to transform lives.
  • Please pray for SEMBEQ and for their expanding biblical counseling program. Pray for Mike as he teaches for 30 hours with translation. Pray for endurance and joy as he serves the men and women who are devoting themselves to serving churches through biblical counseling.
  • Pray for Ed as he continues to travel extensively this month, after a busy month of international travel in January. Pray God will guard his heart and his mind, grant him stamina to serve well, and help him to lean on Jesus in moments of need. Pray that all the men and women he serves will have their faith in Christ Jesus strengthened.
  • Pray for David, Megan Krimmel, Barbara Aills (our board member), and for me as we travel to connect with old friends and make new ones in Dallas, TX. Pray especially for the connections we hope to make with churches who serve the Deaf community.
  • Pray for Julie as she continues to shine the light on child abuse. Her mission is to equip the church to know how to identify abuse and how to respond ethically and biblically within the context of the church. This is a heavy burden for her.

God bless you,

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Rebecca Eaton,
Director of Development

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