From the Director
Rob Andreas


Our nation is in a crucial crossroad in its history. Many of our basic values and moral constraints are being tampered with in our government. I heard a good acronym for the word WOKE. It goes like this, Willingly Overlooking Known Evil. It seems our culture is doing everything possible to destroy our sacred values. Sin is the word God uses to describe man’s great problem and greatest need for deliverance.


We need a great awakening not only in our society but in our churches. We need Holy Ghost revival to break out everywhere from our pulpits and our pews. American Christians need to wake up and stand for the truth. We need strong faith and courage from God to fight the good fight before us.  


The world in many ways is set up, as the Scriptures say, for the imminent return of Jesus Christ. This hope for all believers is about to happen and we need to be trimming our lamps and going out to meet the Bridegroom!

Portageville Fellowship Hall Going to Get a Face Lift

We are hoping to start some renovations on our fellowship hall this fall. We have been truly blessed on the church building and now it is time to focus on our Fellowship Hall. When we arrived here seven years ago, we knew that hall needed work but so did the church building. So, we put things off until recently when the group from Grace Mission to The World contacted us again.       

This group came two years ago, and we were so blessed by what was accomplished by these faithful men. The outside of the building is in dire need of siding. This will cost us a good amount, but we are sure that God will provide as He always has.       

Please pray for all the details to come together in September and that a good team will form to come and encourage us as they did two years ago.

God is in Control

Associate Director Mark Ruggerio

The theme that God is Sovereign and in control has been a theme that has been repeated for me from God’s Word. Of course, as a pastor, it is a theme the congregation has heard in messages recently as well. Isaiah chapter 6 begins with “In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.” It was a time of uncertainty in Israel, their king, their leader died, but we see here in Isaiah’s vision that he saw the Lord sitting on the throne. Even in their time of insecurity and change, God was still there over it all and in charge.                 

Our world, the last few years, has clearly been a time of turmoil, uncertainty, and change. Here at Emmanuel, after the pandemic when things started getting back to “normal,” we are ourselves experiencing great change. We just found out that a family that many people have been praying for, (their dad lost his job shortly before Christmas) has found employment. It is, however, in another part of the state and they will be moving in April. Once this occurs, that will make sixteen people from our congregation that have moved for employment reasons in under two years. We are a small congregation, and such change is certainly tumultuous in the life of the church. As we all move forward in our seasons of change, let each of us go forward with the confidence that Isaiah did. God is still on His throne and is sovereignly over all. We may not understand, how He is working but we assuredly know “that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28). May the Lord bless you. Thank you for praying for Church Planters to America and our respective congregations!


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If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.  

2 Chronicles 7:14

Group from September 2021

Grace Mission to The World

work team