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HimalayasPlease pray and ask Father how He would have you respond to this message from my friend, MK, a missionary to the Himalayas who has spoken at the Colorado and Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference. One of my oldest and dearest friends, Judith Dupree, serves on MK’s board. She says: “MK is a worker of miracles, a veritable Paul or Peter to the people there. I have been with her for years, and am increasingly amazed at the way HE has used her!”

Greetings from the Himalayas!

Thanks to those of you who inquired about how to help and where to send funds. Your concern is greatly appreciated! It is extremely important that the people see us as God’s hands extended. Aid is coming in from all over the world but the people need to see the love of the Lord in this relief. That means those of us who live here and reach out are key!

This morning the newspaper said the death toll has reached nearly 3000 which means probably 3500 by now and the injured at close to 7000!    For the injured there is still time but we need to act .

UNICEF estimates 1 million children in urgent need of food, water, shelter and blankets. Just today one of my colleagues in the capitol informed me that he and his wife and 18 month old baby were living outside due to their home being severely damaged! The aftershocks  could cause it to collapse. I felt so helpless and began to count our resources to see how we can help him and others get into another place.

I m also very concerned about the children as their lives are at stake in smaller villages where many were killed and injured. My asst and social worker comes from one of those villages that was hit very hard!

To answer  the question as to how to give: 1. You may send a check to us at the address below to our PO Box or  2.  The easiest way for you to give is to clic on the link below and paste into your browser and go to our youcaring.com site of : crisisofhimalyanmt girls. Here is the link below.

www.youcaring.com/nonprofits/emergency-crisis-of-himalayan-mt-girls-/300578

Thank you for caring and may God bless you!

MK
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P.O. Box 50582
Colorado Springs, Colo. 80949

Easy?

“I never promised it would be easy
to follow Me,
but I have promised always to be with you.”

These were the first words I felt the Lord speak to my spirit many years ago. I admit the first part of His message was not really what I wanted to hear then or now. After all, He could make it easy, or at least easier. He knows I’m committed to doing what He calls me to do, so why does it have to be so hard? Why do I constantly encounter problems and obstacles? I’m weary of the stress and time pressures – of feeling like I’ve got a target on my back. The spiritual battles are intense.

I’m often reminded of the apostle Paul and how he begged the Lord not once, but three times, to take away the thorn in his flesh.

Each time God said, “No. But I am with you; that is all you need. My power shows up best in weak people” (2 Cor. 12:9 TLB).

So I choose to rely on the fact that He is with me – and with you. He loves us too much to allow our faith muscles to become weak and flabby. He uses the attacks of the evil one to draw us closer to Him and to teach us to depend on Him and on His promises. And friends, it is our testimony to going and growing through the difficulties we encounter that will speak far more strongly to unbelievers than a problem-free life.

Conference Updates

CCWC banner with lodge 2015It’s hard to believe that I’ll be leaving for Colorado in a little over two weeks. There is still so much to be done. I’m so grateful Cindy Watkins is here from North Carolina. I’m trusting the Lord that “he will see to it that everything is finished correctly” (1 Chron. 28:20 TLB) – and in time. Speaking of time, there is still time to register and to request one-on-one appointents with our faculty of 55 authors, editors, and agents.

Banner 2015 GPCWCI’ve worked all week on the 16-page brochure for the July 29 – August 1 Greater Philly conference. I’ve encountered far ore unexplained problems than usual, but finally it is done and at the printer. You can view it online at http://philadelphia.writehisanser.com/brochure.

RhinocerosGuest blogger
CCWC & GPCWC faculty member
Marti Pieper

As a little girl, I excelled in school. Even before I was old enough to earn A’s, I received E’s (for “Excellent.”)

But there was one area in which I didn’t excel. Look at my second-grade class picture, and you’ll find me on the front row: cat’s-eye glasses, red cheeks, and clasped hands.

I donned my first pair of glasses earlier that school year. But the red cheeks and clasped hands? Those appeared a few minutes before the photo shoot, when two of my classmates told me I pressed too hard when I colored.

The problem (and subsequent sobs) came not because I thought I was a great artist, but because I wanted to do everything right. Hence the tears and red cheeks. Hence the soggy tissue stuffed between those clasped hands. Hence the consistent report- card comments: “Does not receive criticism well.” “Needs to work on responses to criticism.”

My teachers could well have said, “Needs to develop rhino skin.” These ponderous mammals have skin more than ten times as thick as the human epidermis. We’re talking tough!

So yes, I needed to develop thicker skin. I needed to understand that not everyone would like what I drew (or wrote). And I needed to gain the strength to persevere no matter what.

Today, I believe that my tender heart is a God-given quality, part of what makes me a good writer and intercessor. But if I’m not careful, my sensitivity can also drag me down, leaving me stunned and silent after a negative review or trembling after a harsh conference critique. And, if I’m not careful, it can block my desire to improve my work.

At the Colorado Christian Writers Conference, in a special Early Bird workshop on Wednesday, May 13 at 1:00 p.m., I’ll teach about “Rhino Skin: Why We Need It and How to Get It.” I’ll share how I moved from the tearful second-grader to the writer who has no more fear in giving or receiving critiques of her own. And I’ll teach how you can grow that tougher skin, too.

Unless you’re a zoologist, you probably don’t care about the thickness of a rhino’s skin. But as a writer, you should care a lot about the thickness of your own. Join me (it’s not too late to register for the conference) and we’ll learn together.

P.S. If you missed my tongue-in-cheek poem about Sam-I-Am and the CCWC, check it out here. Enjoy!
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Marti also will teach workshop 6F, “Blogging Success,” at the May 13-16 Colorado Christian Writers Conference for Rick Marschall who is unable to be with us. At the July 29 – August 1 Greater Philly Conference she is teaching a continuing session on “Master the Memoir.” In addition, along with Ava Pennington, she will serve at the appointment desk at both conferences. Thank You, Father, for the faculty You have provided for both conferences and for all You are doing and will do.

Think Big!

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Saturday I had the joy of keynoting at the Stay Focused Writers’ Retreat in New Jersey. The theme of the retreat was “Think Big” based on Dr. Ben Carson’s book, Think Big, written with by good friend, Cec Murphey. I highly recommend this book and Gifted Hands, also written with Cec, and the movie, Gifted Hands.

I began my message with this powerful promise:

Now glory be to God, who by his mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of—infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes. – Ephesians 3:20 TLB

In my keynote I identified a baker’s dozen attitudes and actions that block us from believing God’s promises.

1. Cut the old tapes. – “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32 TLB).

2. Stop listening to the wrong voices. – “Satan disguises himself as an angel of light” (2 Cor. 11:4 NASB)

3. Change your focus! – “Look out for one another’s interests, not just for your own. The attitude you should have is the one that Christ Jesus had” (Phil. 2:4-5 TEV).

4. Lack of vision. – “Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Prov. 29:18 KJV).

5. Set specific and measurable goals. “We should make plans – counting on God to help us” (Prov. 16:9 TLB).

6. Refuse to let disappointments derail you. “No one who believes in Christ will ever be disappointed” (Rom. 10:11 TLB).

7. Don’t sink in the sea of doubts. – “But I’m not the person for a job like that” (Ex. 3:11 TLB).

8. Refuse to fall victim to discouragement. – “He is a mighty Savior. He will give you victory. He will rejoice over you with great gladness; he will love you and not accuse you” (Zeph. 3:17 TLB).

9. Stop procrastinating and persist. – “Dreaming instead of doing is foolishness, and there is ruin in a flood of empty words” (Eccl. 5:7 TLB)

10. Draw near to the Promise Giver and Keeper. – “When you draw close to God, God will draw close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and let your hearts be filled with God alone to make them pure and true to him” (James 4:8 TLB).

11. Stay in the Word. – The whole Bible “is God’s way of making us well prepared at every point, fully equipped to do good to everyone” (2 Tim. 3:17 TLB).

12. Get to work. – “Be strong and courageous and get to work. Do not be frightened by the size of the task, for the Lord my God is with you; he will not forsake you. He will see to it that everything is finished correctly” (1 Chron. 28:20 TLB).

Run13. Put on the armor and commit to what He is calling you to do – NOW! – “So I run straight to the goal with purpose in every step. I fight to win. I’m not just shadow-boxing or playing around” (1 Cor. 9:26 TLB).

Now you have every grace and blessing;
every spiritual gift and power
for doing his will are yours 
during this time of waiting
for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 1:7 TLB

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It’s not too late to register,
to request free one-on-one appointments
and 30 minute paid critiques.
And there is room for two more in the
“Get Them Coming to Your Blog/Website” clinic.

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Secure online registration is open.
The earlier you register, the better opportunity you have
to receive your top appointment requests.
The first 75 to register receive an additional appointment.

lori and becky by fenceWe Had A Lot to Learn

Guest post by
Lori Wildenberg &
Becky Danielson, M.Ed.

We sat in the workshop, intently listening to Cecil Murphy list the attributes of a successful book proposal. Writing fast and furiously we recorded his suggestions. By the time there was a break, we had pages of notes. As other class participants ran for a quick cup of coffee, we reviewed our scribblings. We looked at each other and burst out laughing.

Our current proposal needed to be revised. A major overhaul would be a better description. We had done practically everything wrong, from font to a three-hole-punch notebook. Our laughter caught Cecil’s attention.  After hearing the reason for the chuckles, he asked if he could use our proposal as an example of what not to do.

That was our first Colorado Christian Writers Conference. We followed Cecil’s instructions and sent off our revised proposal. Three months later we signed a book contract. Cecil, Marlene, and the other pros we met all played a part in us getting our first book, Empowered Parents: Putting Faith First, into print. When we felt the Lord calling us to writing another book, we returned to the Colorado Christian Writers Conference.
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We’ve honed our skills and expanded our ministry. We’ve acquired the knowledge on how to advance our writing careers, tackle social media, and market effectively. The 1 CORINTHIANS 13 PARENT SERIES: Raising Little Kids with Big Love and Raising Big Kids with Supernatural Love is our latest endeavor. Both books plus their study guides have recently been published.

We have attended as novice writers and as a bit more seasoned professionals. The conference is always fresh and new; with something for the experienced author and offerings for the novice writer. Each keynote, panel discussion, and breakout session targets the varied aspects of writing, publishing, and speaking. We can directly link our success to the CCWC.

Marlene and her staff encourage and guide with faithfulness so the participants of the conference can be equipped and inspired to “Write His Answer” in order to bring others to Christ.

The setting is the added bonus to the conference. When you attend be sure to plan in some time to hike one of the many mountain trails available in Estes Park. You will be blessed by the nature that surrounds you and the nurture of the staff at the CWC.
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Lori and Becky are moms, licensed Parent and Family educators, and co-founders of 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting. Lori and Tom have been married for over 30 years and have four children. Their home is nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Becky and her husband, Scott, have been married 25 years and are the parents of two teenage boys. They live in the Twin Cities.

Lori and Becky are authors of three parenting books:  EMPOWERED PARENTS: Putting Faith First and the recently released 1 CORINTHIANS 13 PARENT SERIES: Raising Little Kids with Big Love (plus companion study guide) and Raising Big Kids with Supernatural Love (also with an accompanying study guide). Contact Lori and Becky at www.1Corinthians13Parenting.com. You can find all three books (and study guides) over at Amazon.

Breck01-crop, vertSunday Morning Guide-Led Mountain Hike
May 17 after Colorado Christian Writers Conference

Welcome to Colorado everyone! So, after looking out at those amazing mountains all week long, come Sunday we all get our chance to go see them up close. But maybe you’re looking for something more active than just driving through the scenery? Well do we have an opportunity for you.

My name’s Eric and I’m looking to take a small group on a Guide-Led hike from the Bear Lake Trailhead up an extremely scenic and relatively easy 1.1 mile trail to Dream Lake, one the most photo- graphed lakes in the entire Park.

This activity will take approx. 3 hours and guarantees spectacular views that will stay with you long, long after the conference. And yes, because the altitude will leave you as breathless as the views, this activity will be limited to active attendees with good cardio-
fitness, sorry.

Questions? I’m attending the conference just like you – stop and ask me anything!

In the end, you’ll stretch your legs, breath a little harder, slide on some snow, and still be done in time to make your 5:00pm flight out of DIA, filled with memories, and more than a few photos, that you can share and marvel over for years.

Date: Sunday, May 17thCCWC hike photo 2

Difficulty: Easy/Moderate (due to altitude
and one steeper section)

Distance: Approx. 2.25 miles, out-and-back

Elevation: 9,475 to 9,910ft

Group Size: 6-8 Pref, 10 Max

Time requirement: Please plan on approx. 3 hours for this activity, plus an added 30 min drive to the trailhead from the Conference area, depending on traffic. Return times are flexible depending on “stop for photo” needs.

Equipment: You will want sturdy shoes/boots for hiking, and layered clothing for wind and possible chilly temps. Please plan to bring lunch/snacks and water too. (If you’re staying in Longs Peak or Alpen Saturday night, the YMCA provides a free box lunch.) Add a camera & sunscreen/hat and you’re all set.

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Eric Sprinkle has called the “playground” of Colorado Springs home for more than 20 years now, pursuing everything from hiking, biking, rafting, and climbing in the local area. He currently works with the US Air Force Academy’s outdoor program
as a White-water Rafting Guide Instructor and has led an Outdoor Hiking Group through his local church for many years.

Why?

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Chilly Philly

Over Sunny Cyprus?

Guest blog by Cindy Watkins
CCWC & GPCWC
Registration / Housing Coordinator & More

Three weeks into my three-month mission trip to Cyprus last fall, I didn’t want to go home. I was involved in one of the most important ministries of my missionary career. I was making such a huge difference on every front: the administration work, the boys and girls football ministry (soccer), the bond of family with the two missionary families, the prayer team for the rescue & restore from human trafficking ministry, and the life of the local church we attended. The blessings from what God was doing through and for me far outweighed the difficult living conditions and the strain on my health.

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We began the process to extend my stay to at least six months. I even told my children and grandchildren that I wouldn’t be home for Christmas. This was serious for me to spend the holiday on the other side of the world from family. Actually, I could stay forever on that little island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. I’d still be there.

But in the end, God closed the door for long-term in Cyprus. Why would God pull me away from near heaven in ministry, fellowship and family? Four words: Marlene Bagnull and you!!!!

Cindy WatkinsMy first missionary calling is to spend three months of the year—every year—sitting at Marlene’s dining room table working away at whatever she needs and sitting at the Registration Table at two conferences taking care of the conferees, faculty and staff.

God sends me off to the ends of the earth to take His message of love and hope to the least, the last, the lost in every nation, but He always brings me home. Home to whatever Write His Answer Ministries needs me to do. The joy of obedience overcomes the cost of my missionary ventures at age 70 whether in PA, CO or anywhere in the world God sends me.


Updates: May 13 – 16
Colorado Christian Writers Conference

Beat the April 16 price increase by registering now! http://colorado.writehisanswer.com/registernow

There is still room in the Speakers’ Clinic. For more info and the application go to http://colorado.writehisanswer.com/clinics.


July 29 – August 1
Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference

Secure online registration is open. The first 75 to register will receive an additional free 15-minute appointment with the faculty of their choice. http://philadelphia.writehisanswer.com/register.

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