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Week 9 (August 16-22, 2014)

*This is our 7 Day/6 Night Package that runs Saturday through Thursday.

Check-in Saturday, August 16: 4pm
Check-out on Friday, August 22: 10am


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WEEK OVERVIEW:

Saturday Event (August 16):  Lenny LeBlanc
Sunday Speaker:  John DeVries
Monday - Thursday Speaker (am):  Todd Wilson
Monday - Thursday Speaker (pm):  Ray Pritchard
Worship Leader:   Lenny LeBlanc
Mission Focus:   Mission India


Saturday Concert (August 16, 7pm - Free Admission):  Lenny LeBlanc

Former band member and good friend Pete Carr had become a very successful producer and studio guitarist in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. He encouraged Lenny to join him there. After a few months Lenny began playing bass as well as singing background vocals with artists like Hank Williams Jr., Crystal Gayle, Etta James, Shenandoah, Ricky Skaggs,Sawyer Brown, The Supremes, Joan Baez, Amy Grant and Roy Orbison.

With much success as a background musician and singer, Lenny LeBlanc embarked on a solo career. In 1975, he recorded a demo and producer Pete Carr sent a copy to Jerry Wexler at Atlantic Records. A few months later Lenny's first solo LP was released. Atlantic saw great potential in Lenny and teamed him with Pete Carr. The result was three chart singles, including the top 15 hit "Falling". The single peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100, staying on the chart for 27 weeks during 1977 and 1978. It also reached No. 11 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart.LeBlanc and Carr began touring with major acts. After a while Carr decided he enjoyed making the records more than promoting them so the duo went their separate ways. LeBlanc continued writing songs and pursuing a solo effort, this time with Capitol Records.

In 1980, LeBlanc became a born-again Christian and began recording Christian-themed music. In 1983, Heartland Records released Say a Prayer followed by Person to Person in 1984. In 1987, LeBlanc opened his own recording studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama where he does his own productions as well as others.




Sunday Speaker: John DeVries

On his first trip to India in 1971, John DeVries stepped foot into swarms of people, blaring horns, and crazy traffic patterns. The smells of curry, cows, and spiced teas mingled in the heavy air. Idols sat on street corners, in shrines, in shops, and even on car dashboards.  But John didn’t know that everything in his life was about to change.
At night, John had a vision of a map of India. Darkness covered India like a thick, suffocating blanket. But then, little glimmers of light broke through … and the glimmers grew and grew!

John knew that God was showing him India’s spiritual darkness. And he felt God’s clear call to share the love of Christ with India’s people … and see the light of the Gospel penetrate the darkness. And Mission India was born.

Usually accompanied by his wife, Adelaide (“Atts”), John has traveled to India over 45 times during the last three decades. John is the author of an evangelism booklet called “Guide to Happiness.” Millions of copies in India’s major languages have been distributed throughout India since 1971. John has also authored more than 20 other books, workbooks, and evangelism pamphlets, including the popular devotional book “Why Pray?” and the recently released “Why Give?”

John graduated from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI in 1958 and from Calvin Seminary in 1961. He received his D.Min. from Fuller Seminary in 1998. John is an ordained minister in the Christian Reformed denomination. John and Atts have four children and 15 grandchildren. They make their home in Grand Rapids, Michigan.



Monday - Thursday Speaker (am):  Todd Wilson

Todd Wilson, is a dad, writer, conference speaker, and former pastor. Todd’s humor and down to earth realness have made him a favorite speaker at homeschool conventions across the country and a guest on Focus on the Family.
As founder of Familyman Ministries, his passion and mission are to remind dads and moms of what’s most important through a weekly e-mail for dads, seminars, and books that encourage parents.

Todd, and his wife Debbie, homeschool six of their eight children (two have graduated) in northern Indiana and travel America in the Familyman Mobile.

You can read more at: www.familymanweb.com





Monday - Thursday Speaker (pm):  Ray Pritchard

Dr. Ray Pritchard serves as president of Keep Believing Ministries. He has ministered extensively overseas in China, Bolivia, Columbia, Paraguay, Belize, Haiti, Nigeria, Switzerland, Russia, India and Nepal. He is a frequent conference speaker and guest on Christian radio and television talk shows. He has written 27 books, including Stealth Attack, Fire and Rain, The Healing Power of Forgiveness, An Anchor for the Soul, The Incredible Journey of Faith, The ABCs of Wisdom, Leadership Lessons of Jesus (with Bob Briner), Why Did This Happen to Me?, and Credo: Believing in Something to Die For. For 26 years he pastored churches in Los Angeles, Dallas and Chicago. Most recently he pastored Calvary Memorial Church in Oak Park, IL for sixteen years. He is a graduate of Tennessee Temple University (B.A.), Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M.) and Talbot School of Theology (D.Min.). He has been married to Marlene for 38 years. Their three sons (Josh, Mark and Nick) have spent time in recent years teaching English in China. Josh and Leah were married in July 2006. They have one son, Knox, who was born in August 2010. Mark and Vanessa were married in July 2007. They have one son, Eli, who was born in July 2011. His hobbies include biking, surfing the Internet, anything related to the Civil War, and playing with Dudley and Gary, their very excellent basset hounds.





Worship Leader:  Charly Sommers

Charly Sommers has served as Summer Worship Director since 2007.  He and his wife Christina live in Cincinnati, OH with their five children.  Together they serve on staff with the Navigators  at the University of Cincinnati.  Charly has been a musician for most of his life, and loves serving at Maranatha during the summer.

 

 





Featured Mission Organization:  Mission India


At Mission India, we have a BIG vision. We want to see "India transformed by Christ." In a nation where over 1 billion people do not follow Jesus, this goal seems impossible by human standards. But India is more open to the Gospel than ever before in history, and we serve a God who makes all things possible!

So we partner with India's believers to tell kids about Jesus in Children's Bible Clubs, teach illiterate adults how to read and write (and read the Bible!), and train people how to start new churches.

India’s believers have the passion and determination to share the Gospel in their own villages and neighborhoods. We can provide the training and resources. Together we can be used by God to see India transformed by Christ!

Discover more at www.missionindia.org and at www.facebook.com/missionindia.

 

Mission India programs: Children’s Bible Clubs, Adult Literacy Classes, Church Planter Training

Children’s Bible Clubs (10-day and Year-Long programs) introduce boys and girls to Jesus through songs, games, Bible stories, prayer, and discipleship.

Adult Literacy Classes meet 2 hours a night, 5 nights a week for one year. The Bible-based curriculum provides students with a fifth grade equivalent education in reading, writing, and math—and introduces them to Jesus.

Church Planter Training equips evangelists to share the Gospel and plant churches through one year of combined classroom training and supervised fieldwork.



CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE "MISSION INDIA" WEBSITE




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