"Christian Service Brigade is the men of the local church reaching out to the boys in their neighbourhood for Christ."

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

CSB - National Day of Prayer 2018

National Prayer Day for CSB Canada
Thursday March 1, 2018

The Lord gave His disciples the following order just before He returned to heaven. Our task in CSB is to be doing that until He returns. 

Matthew 28:19-20 " Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

 John 14:13 - Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. (ESV)

Thank you for agreeing to pray for our ministry on Thursday. Here are some requests that you can pray for.

OUR Most Urgent Request

Two years ago, the Lord came knocking, shining a spotlight on the need for CSB in Calgary. we didn't see it right away - it was just another inquiry. But then along came another, and another. we  took notice - the Lord was moving in Calgary. Just as we  began to stray from Calgary, the Lord brought along another person asking about Christian Service Brigade. Of course, we responded to every one and encouraged them to establish a Brigade unit in their own church, but there was always a roadblock. And then the Lord would send another inquiry. Over those 24 months, the Lord has brought an extraordinary number of people to us inquiring about Christian Service Brigade in the Calgary area - more than what what we saw in all of Canada over the same period of time. God isn't letting this go. Finally we decided to hold a special event in Calgary, and It happens next week.  It is a cost-free dessert fellowship where we will explore the possibilities for establishing CSB units in Calgary and vicinity. Please pray for this special event, where our President Steve Grove and Howard Pike will be in attendance.

CSB Calgary Rally and Dessert Fellowship
MARCH 7th, 2018 - 7pm to 8:30pm
at Harvest Hills Alliance Church
10099 Harvest Hills Blvd NW 
Calgary AB
  • Pray that many interested parents, Christian leaders, CSB supporters, former Leaders and even a couple of pastors would be at that gathering.
  • Pray for Howard and Steve as they share the vision of what the Lord wants to do in Calgary and environs.
  • Pray that there will be several serious positive responses and that we will see the beginnings of three weekly Battalions in the area. 
Overall Ministry Requests
  • Pray that Christ would be given the preeminent position in all we do and say in the Tree Climber, Stockade and Battalion groups across Canada, and that the Word of God would be clearly proclaimed so that each boy or young man would have the opportunity to ask Jesus to become his Savior, and become strong disciples of Jesus Christ.
  • Pray that the leaders, Tree Climber Dads, Rangers, Chief Rangers, Lieutenants, Captains and Brigade Chairmen will build strong connections with the boys and young men; that all involved in those ministries will bring glory to God and will truly be “Bright and Keen for Christ”.
  • Pray that Churches across Canada would recognize their responsibility to build the upcoming generations of boys and young men, and would seriously consider using Christian Service Brigade as part of the ministry of building godly men.
  • Pray for the expansion of CSB to more churches in Canada. We need many more churches to join this ministry. We are particularly focusing on Calgary that used to be a hotbed of CSB in the past, and where we have had a number of inquiries from parents about a ministry to their sons. 
  • Pray that we would be able to establish strong and vital contact with our alumni both of boys and leaders, particularly with our over 210 Heralds of Christ, to become ambassadors for CSB to lead our efforts to rebuild the ministry across Canada in their churches and beyond.  
  • Pray that the distribution of our latest brochure “Imagine” to pastors would spark an interest in them to encourage the men in their churches to start CSB ministries, particularly those whose churches have operated this ministry in the past .
  • Pray for the Board Members of CSB Canada as they provide the overall leadership and determine the direction of the organization.
  • Praise the Lord for each one of the monthly pre-authorized donors, many of whom have supported the ministry financially for many years.
  • Praise the Lord for His provision of extra funds over the past few months. During that time over $25000 came in during that time. That included funds for  several of our special projects Including Revitalization of the ministry in Alberta, Battalion Revision, 
  • Pray for a substantial increase in ongoing support our President as well as support for expanding staff and additional training resources. 
  • Pray that many would join our funding initiative for this year, called Gideon’s Men, by contributing $30/month, or a one-time gift of $360 for the year.
Requests for our Staff

  • Pray for all of our staff and their wives: Steve (Bonnie) Grove, the President of CSB Canada; Harold (Carol) Browne, the Vice President; Ron (Diane) Carnahan, Gord (Marie) Banman and Howard (Kathie) Pike.
  • Pray for Steve Grove as he travels to the States early in March shortly to attend a symposium, where he will spend 2 hours defending his Doctorate of Ministry Project before a panel. Pray that he would be successful so that he would be able to graduate as a DMin during the first weekend in May.
  • Pray for Steve and Howard as they work on the final stages of major revisions to Adventure Trails our Achievement manual for Battalion. 
  • Pray for Howard and Kathie as they are currently in Alberta to man our booth at Missions Fest in Edmonton. Pray for connections to re-establish CSB in that area and for our CSB Camp Teepee Pole ministry. Pray for safety as they drive 3100 kms to visit 4 CSB churches/units, do one training event - BLT, and host a CSB Rally in Calgary. It's a two week trip, and includes a stop to see their daughter's family in Fort McMurray. Pray for her salvation and that of her husband's Muslim family. Pray that he will encourage CSB to be established in Fort Mac. 
  • Pray for our Upcoming Staff Conference that will be taking place in Winnipeg, May 14 to 17.
  • Pray for Ontario that churches will see a vision to use CSB ministry tools to reach boys and young men for Christ by utilizing the men in their churches to mentor and disciple them.
Upcoming Ministry Events
    Camp Ministry
    • Pray for CSB Adventure Camp in Ontario  at Camp Cherith, near Walkerton, ON, in August 2018. In particular, pray that at least thirty boys would register for this exciting time of fun and adventure.
    • Pray for Camp Teepee Pole Alberta in July.
    Local Prayer Items:
    • Pray for the boys and men of your church (by name, if possible); that the Lord would bless and keep them as they follow Him.
    • Pray for the ministry of your church to boys and men; that there will be an outlet for the man’s Biblical responsibility to build the upcoming generations of men… today’s boys and teenage guys.
    • Pray for a local ministry of CSB; name the community and ask the Lord to move His people.
    • Pray for the boys who have come and gone over the years. I ask the Lord to remind them all of CSB, the Biblical things they have learned and the people/leaders that made a difference in their lives.
Requested Prayer and  Praise Items:
    • Pray for Ben, one of our young men who is working on his Herald of Christ, and is  hoping to finish it before he is off to Bible College in the fall.
    • Pray for special grace and peace for Captain Wally, a long time Battalion Captain, Camp Director at Kakeka, and Regional Director.. His Alzheimer's disease is progressing unabated. He never knows the day or time anymore. Pray for his family as they care for him at home. Some days are very challenging.
    • NEW !!!!! Our Stockade and Battalion have our for weekly meeting tonight and we will pray for these requests.  Praise the Lord that we presently have about 50 boys in Brigade and another 15 in Battalion and the last 3 years have been a huge blessing to our churches and us leaders as well.  
    • NEW !!!!! Please pray for healing  for Kerry of the long term concussion and wisdom to lead the boys and to lead more to Christ.
    • Praise the Lord for the ministry of CSB. It was instrumental in my Christian growth.
    • Pray for our Sergeant, Corporals and Lance Corporals, our junior leaders. Pray that these young men will develop as leaders and have their hearts expanded for their squad members and our community.
    • Pray for more men to come forward to serve in this ministry. The need is great as shift work and longer work hours make it difficult for men to commit to an evening every week. If you want 2 men to help, you often need 4 –6 lined up to handle the no shows or cancellations. 
    • Pray for a full recover for Roy who who had bladder surgery for cancer last fall. Pray for his church as they had held off running Battalion pending his return to health and strength.     
Thank you for joining us in praying for Christian Service Brigade in Canada.  

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