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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

“I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds. I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.” Psalm 9:1–2

Over the past year the Lord has carried us along as we expanded our ministry by reaching new people, prayerfully walked through transitions, and entered a new season of productivity as a ministry.

Reaching New People

In 2016 we were able to reach new people and serve in new places. As we deliberate how best to fulfill our mission, we eagerly look for opportunities to serve new people.

  • We traveled around the country visiting churches. We served alongside our partner Biblical Counselling UK at their annual conference, and last May we traveled to Wisla, Poland to minister to the European Leadership Forum (ELF). ELF gathers the 700 most influential evangelical leaders from eastern Europe for a week of training. The average eastern European salary is less than $500 per month, and so ELF works with speakers and organizations like ours to fully raise all the funds required to send men and women to serve at this forum. CCEF partners made this trip possible. We will travel again this year in May, and if you are interested in supporting this project email us at support@ccef.org.
  • At our national conference in October we offered American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation for the first time and have made plans to do the same in 2017 as we travel to Texas. You can read more about this initiative in our winter newsletter. If you would like more information about how you can financially support this endeavor, email us at support@ccef.org.
  • Throughout the year we had opportunities to engage with young adults at six colleges and seminaries around the country. And at our national conference we hosted a college and young adult coffee house. As our culture grows increasingly hostile toward the Christian faith, and as Scripture becomes increasingly irrelevant, CCEF has a unique and compassionate voice to share the truth of God’s Word for real people’s lives.

Transitions

“The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9

Change is hard. Waiting is sometimes harder. But both change and waiting bring new opportunities to grow as believers.

  • Our biggest transition in 2016 by far was our new website. We spent a year planning, working, coordinating and executing a more user-friendly website. There were many challenges that God used to test and grow our faith and to teach us humility. And you were all so patient and faithful to us through this transition. On behalf of our marketing and web team, we offer a hearty “Thank you!”
  • Our relationship, which spans four decades, with Westminster Theological Seminary has changed. When we first announced this new change (that we would no longer be teaching in their onsite counseling program) we were unsure of where God would lead us. And so over the past year CCEF and WTS spent countless hours seeking God’s will and prayerfully discussed possible scenarios. God carried us through this transition and deepened our friendship with our brothers and sisters at WTS. Later this year we will partner with them as they launch an accredited online master’s degree in counseling.
  • Some men and women have left to pursue God’s calling in other places and new men and women have joined us.

Productivity

“Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands.” Psalm 90: 17

Our executive director David Powlison often encourages us on staff as he recounts all that God has done in 2016. God is on the move in and through the people who serve at CCEF. He has blessed the work of our hands. Here are special highlights.

  • Our seventh volume of CCEF Now was sent to over 23,000 people by mail last month and was published on our website this week. Please download your copy here.
  • David Powlison’s book Good & Angry was published! You can read a review by Tim Challies here. He writes, “There are some Christian writers who have a unique voice, a unique means of expressing themselves, of explaining how the Bible applies to real life. David Powlison fits this description. Through the years he has made significant, unique contributions to Christian counseling and, from there, to the ways we understand the tricky depths of the human heart. His most recent book looks to the universal struggle of anger. We all get angry and, at times, we all do anger wrong. For that reason, this is a book for each of us.” David often says any writing worth doing takes prayer, time, and thoughtfulness. Thank you to the supporters who provided the donations for writing sabbaticals for this book.
  • 2017 marks the 40th anniversary of our Journal of Biblical Counseling. Since 1977 we have written thousands of articles. In anticipation of our anniversary, our editorial team selected some of our best articles, arranged them topically, and released a new set of digital JBC Must Reads. Topics include apologetics, counseling in the church, methodology, counseling model, and sexuality.
  • In late 2015 we launched a new curriculum series designed for individual and group study. We currently have three topics available (Psychiatric Disorders, Loss, and Growing Together) with two more expected this year.

We are grateful for your partnership and support in 2016, in all the forms we have received it. We know it is a sacrifice of time and money to invest in your training—to grow in helping others; to invest in counseling—to grow as you ask others for help; and to invest in a resource—to grow in your faith and walk as a disciple of Christ. Thank you for giving to us and praying for us.

Prayer Needs

  • Pray we will be faithful—in our relationships together on staff, in the work God has given us, and in our faith when it is tested. Pray God will be with us, in us, and work through us in 2017.
  • Pray for David Powlison as he spends one week writing, working on his new book on Sanctification. Pray for clarity of mind, focused energy, and wisdom from God.
  • Pray for Mike Emlet, Winston Smith, David Powlison and Ed Welch as they travel and speak this month. Pray they will search the wisdom of Scripture, learn from God and then communicate clearly as they share.
  • Pray particularly for Ed to have endurance on his two-week trip to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to teach. In 2012 we started a partnership with EQUIP to provide discounted training through our School of Biblical Counseling. So far, over 100 Malaysian students have participated, and their desire for more training has increased. This trip is estimated to cost $10,000 and includes flights, transportation, lodging, food, and staff time for planning and the two-week trip. Pray for Ed’s trip to Malaysia this month and if you are able, please consider a special gift to support this trip.

Blessings to you in this new year,

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Rebecca Eaton,
Director of Development

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