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Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation

Current Happenings & Prayer Needs

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.

But the angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said.’” (Matthew 28:5–6)

As Christians around the world reflect on the resurrection I am reminded how significant it is for my daily life and for my young children. What difference does the resurrection make for a preschooler? All the difference in the world.

My youngest has health challenges. He likes to talk about Heaven. He talks about what he will eat and how his body will be changed. He wonders about his sister’s glasses and his grandpa’s wheel chair. He has a real, tangible, and present hope. I confess his hope surpasses my own at times.

Where does this hope come from? It comes from setting his mind and heart on Christ. This hope comes from the fact that Jesus is alive! He is risen indeed! This hope shapes my son’s response to suffering.

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. (Colossians 3:1–4)

Last year on my daughter’s birthday she requested watermelon. As I was cutting into the watermelon my son began to walk around the kitchen in circles. His heart was sad. You see he is allergic to watermelon but remembers how lovely it tastes in the summer. He said, “Mommy that smells so good. Look how red it is. Look how juicy it is.” Then he sat down on the stairs. I didn’t probe; honestly I was unsure what to say. A few moments passed. Then the silence was broken with a song he learned at preschool.

Come and go with me
to my Father’s house
Come and go with me
to my Father’s house

It’s a big big house
with lots and lots a room
A big big table
with lots and lots of food

Then he said, “Mommy, when will I go to Heaven so I can have a big table with lots of food?” I don’t remember exactly how I responded. But I will never forget what it was like to witness the Holy Spirit at work in his heart—moving his song of sorrow to a song of joy. He reminded me to set my mind—which is so often set on earthly things—on Christ. And as I reflect on this experience, I am reminded again today.

At CCEF we have the privilege of being first-hand witnesses to the mercies of God in people’s lives just like I was a witness to my son. We get to see their faith in a Risen Savior in the midst of incredible hardships. We get to wrestle with them as we ask questions like, why did this happen, and when will it end?

As a ministry we desire to grow in our knowledge of how to comfort with a word the one who is weary. We want to be people who offer no empty words, only constructive words that make a difference in someone’s life. This is what we are working toward each day.

Read the spring newsletter for a glimpse of how we are aiming to equip pastors.

Here are our prayer needs this month.

  • Pray for David & Nan Powlison, Megan Krimmel, Cecelia Bernhardt, Bruce Eaton, and me as we travel to Indiana from 4/3–4/5 to attend and exhibit at The Gospel Coalition national conference. We will host a Meet CCEF event to introduce new people to our ministry. We will connect with pastors and spend time with new friends.
  • Pray for David & Nan as they travel from Indiana to Minnesota from 4/6–4/8. Carly Robinson and Lizzi Luimes will join them as they visit with partners, students, and one of our supporting churches, Bethlehem Baptist Church.
  • Pray for Lauren Whitman as she speaks on “Healthy Communication in Marriage” at a local MOPS gathering. Pray also for Jayne Clark as she speaks on “Becoming Women of Wisdom” at Cornerstone Christian Church.
  • Pray for our counseling director Cecelia Bernhardt and all our counselors as they gather together on 4/11 for fellowship, encouragement, and training.
  • CCEF is closed on Good Friday (4/14). Pray for our faculty and staff as they spend time reflecting on the great sacrifice Jesus made, the great hope we have in his resurrection, and his great promise to come again and set all things right.
  • We are excited to host a team of our brothers and sisters from Biblical Counselling UK from 4/17–4/21. They will spend a week with us. They will sit in on faculty meetings, supervision and mentoring groups, classes, and meet with different people as they explore next steps for their growing ministry in the UK. Pray for these men and women as they travel, study, and seek God’s face.
  • On 4/18 our Board of Trustees come together to offer wisdom and prayer to David Powlison (our executive director) and Jayne Clark (our chief of staff).
  • Pray for Winston Smith as he travels to teach at the Association of Biblical Counselors from 4/27–4/29. Charlotte Eastlack will join him and exhibit.
  • Pray for our current ministry projects, that we will be faithful to accomplish the work God has set before us and that generous hearts will support what we are doing.

On behalf of our staff,

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Rebecca Eaton,
Director of Development

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