St. Louis

To persevere and never give up

Lovelace family

Ken and Lygia Lovelace start every day in God’s Word and prayer. They are church planters serving the Lord in St. Louis, and have 10 children, 5 biological and 5 adopted. “Two of our sons are grown and gone, 8 of our children have been with us and have helped start this church (Amazing Love Community), since the beginning,” shared Ken. The Lovelaces have a mixed family, with 3 African American children. “God has used our family to open positive doors among the racial tension here,” said Lygia.

Getting to Know St. Louis

This month, we hope you'll lead your group in learning about the Lovelace family and the gospel work that is happening in St. Louis, Missouri.

Throughout the month, you'll learn about:

  • the Gateway Arch
  • the answered prayers of the Lovelace family
  • how the Lovelace family makes disciples in their hometown
  • the value of teamwork
  • the importance of participating in Christmas in August

Here are some St. Louis fun facts you can share with your group as you dive deeper into understanding the people, city, and spiritual needs of St. Louis:

Missionary Spotlight Update: Ken and Lygia Lovelace

Ken and Lygia Lovelace

The struggles Ken and Lygia Lovelace face on a daily basis have not ceased, and others have been added. Their adopted twin daughters complained for months about unusual feelings in their chests. Then seizures began. Through extensive testing, they learned both girls had sudden arrhythmic death syndrome. They are trying now to accept the fact that their girls’ hearts could stop any time. The twins are 12 years old.

Fourteen-year-old Elijah continues to struggle with heart problems of his own related to the diseases that he has. He has more bedridden days than up-and-at’em days. His family remains thankful for the good days he does have.

On the church front, the Lovelaces continue to serve the Lord and began a new Sunday morning Bible study in May. Ask God to use the study to serve the people well and grow them up in Him.

The Lovelaces appreciate your prayers. Given the multiple illnesses of their children, prayer is the greatest resource they have. Pray they would have the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual strength they need to forge ahead in the face of nearly insurmountable health problems in their family.

Preschool Missions Focus

Ken and Lygia Lovelace

Mission Friends is an ongoing missions discipleship organization for preschool boys and girls (birth through kindergarten). Through Mission Friends, preschoolers . . .

  • become aware that God wants everyone to know of His love
  • move from a focus on self to a focus on others
  • apply Bible thoughts to their lives as they learn to pray, give, and help others.
  • and their families learn of ways to give their time, talents, and money

Learn more about this month's missionary below.

This Month - August 2018

 

August 2018 Ideas


August: Lygia Lovelace's Testimony

I chose to make Jesus my Lord and Savior when I was 9 years old. I was always active in church. I was even a GA and an Acteen! The things I learned in GA and Acteens influenced my heart toward missions.

I dearly loved my GA leader. She loved us, too, because she also taught us when we became Acteens! When I was 15 years old, our youth group at church went to a missionary commissioning service. As I watched the new missionaries stand and make a commitment to missions, I felt God calling me to be a missionary, too. I have never forgotten that calling.

My husband, Ken, and I served with the International Mission Board for 4 years as church planters in Portugal. Today, we serve with the North American Mission Board as church planters in St. Louis, Missouri.

2016 WMU MISSIONS CELEBRATION AND ANNUAL MEETING

Ferrara Theatre at America's Center
701 Convention Plaza
St. Louis, Missouri 63101
June 12–13, 2016

 

Join us for an amazing celebration of what God is doing around the world through missions! Throughout this missions event, you'll have the opportunity to:

  • Discover how God is working around the world and how you can be part of it
  • Participate in relevant and inspiring breakout sessions
  • Dialogue with international and North American field personnel
  • Connect and network with missional leaders from around the country
  • And much, much more!

No preregistration is required, and admission is free. Download the complete program for a detailed schedule, breakout sessions, and more!

Come early to the SBC annual meeting in St. Louis and be challenged in your missional journey through these speakers as well as international and North American field personnel:

Meet Me in St. Louis!

I always enjoy WMU’s Annual Meeting each year as WMU members from across the country gather to worship together and learn about missions work happening around the world. This summer’s meeting, however, will be extra special. I will be hosting children’s missions groups as they have an awesome opportunity to be a part of WMU’s Annual Meeting in St. Louis!

While planning this experience, a coworker asked me what excited me most about this event. I must admit—I know children and their leaders will enjoy plenty of things about this afternoon experience. But what I find most exciting is the opportunity for children to understand what they are learning right now in Girls in Action, Royal Ambassadors, and Children in Action can be a way of life for them that will impact the world for Christ.

Exciting? Absolutely!

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