Counter Culture

A new book by David Platt, new president of our sending organization, with an important message for the church.

Christians: Don't Be Surprised by Cultural Opposition from Radical on Vimeo.



Challenge and Growth

I am blessed to work with super sharp and intelligent people. They push me and make me think. I am also thankful that there a few websites that do the same in the fields of missions and apologetics.

The Poached Egg - great articles on defending the faith and part of The Ratio Christi ministry.

Mission Whiteboard - good discussions on various topics in missions.

Apologetics 315 - links to smart people answering difficult questions and making a defense of our faith.

Unbelievable Radio Link and here is the facebook page - this one is my favorite for apologetics.


Merry Christmas from Trey & Elise

Click here to open the PDF version of our Christmas prayer letter or keep reading below for the text portion of it. Thanks so much for your prayers, love, and support. We need you and are thankful for you. Merry Christmas from our family to yours.


Atkins Prayer Letter

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

We hope you are looking forward to celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, with friends and family as well as ringing in the New Year!  We are excited about Trey's brother, Dave, and his fiance, Andi, coming to see us for a few days at the end of the month.  We will then all travel to Budapest to attend a concert on New Year's Day, and have a little more time together.

We are thankful that our sons and daughter-in-love have good plans for the holidays which sure helps this Mom and Dad feel better about not having their babies at home!  ;-)  Summer's parents will be with Ryan and Summer for two weeks in Dalian, China.  Bret will have a break of 9 days from school and basketball games, and will be able to see both sets of grands as well as cousins.  We are so grateful for our families that care for our sons and daughter-in-love when we can't be there for them.

This last month has been full of travel visiting our personnel in the countries of Czech Republic and Poland.  It has been wonderful to see how God is using each of them to spread the good news of salvation and hope in Christ to Europeans as well as how God is raising up those from within these European countries to partner with us in fulfilling Jesus' words to 'go and tell.'  Pray that all of the IMB personnel in the countries of Central Europe would be bold in their witness and not miss opportunities to tell others that Jesus came at Christmas so that they
might have eternal and abundant life.

'But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.  "Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased." (‭Luke‬ ‭2‬:‭10-11, 14‬)


October 19 - Day of Prayer for Europeans

Over the past several weeks, we have been observing 40 days of prayer for Europeans. It concludes with a Day of Prayer for Europeans on October 19. Please join us in praying for the people in this part of the world. You can download the PDF prayer guide here.


40 Days of Prayer for Europe: October 12 - 18

Oct. 12

Rom. 10:1  Brothers, my heart's desire and prayer to God concerning them is for their salvation!

Intercede that the hearts of believers around the world will be stirred to pray for the salvation of Europeans...

Oct. 13

Rev.19:9. Then he said to me, "Write:  Blessed are those invited to the marriage feast of the Lamb!"  He also said to me, "These words of God are true."

Pray that multitudes of Europeans will be included in those who are invited to the marriage feast of the Lamb...

Oct. 14

Is. 52:7  How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the herald, who proclaims peace, who beings news of good things, who proclaims salvation, who says to Zion, "Your God reigns!"

Intercede that the Good News we are proclaiming will penetrate the hearts of Europeans and bring salvation to them...

Oct. 15

Rev. 3:20  Listen!  I stand at the door and knock.  If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and have dinner with him, and he with Me.

Intercede that Europeans will be listening, when the Savior knocks and open the door of their hearts to Him.  Pray that from that point on, they will enjoy sweet fellowship with their Lord...

Oct. 16

Mt. 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 everything I have commanded you.

Pray that Europeans will become true disciples of Christ...

Oct. 17

Is. 55:6  Seek the Lord while He may be found; call to Him while He is near.

Fervently petition the Lord that Europeans will seek God before it's too late and place their faith in His Son...

Oct. 18

Jn. 3:16  For God loved the world in this way:  He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.

Intercede that Europeans will believe in Jesus and receive the free gift of eternal life that He offers....

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