Mike and Dawn Menning serve with the Great Commission Utah which focuses on bringing the gospel to the people of polygamist groups.
Sometimes when I send my weekly updates I might be a day or late, but I seldom miss a whole week. Well, I took off the week between Christmas and New Year's Day. In the coming year you will see some changes in the weekly reports. A few weeks ago I hinted about that when I emphasized the fact that Christ-centered ministries need to work together, as recorded in John 17: 20-23, Jesus emphasized that we as Christ followers must live in "complete unity" so that the world may see why the Father sent the Son.
Now to you our faithful supporters -- I want you to see the bigger picture of our mission work among the polygamist communities of people. In the the future I plan to send you copies of the newsletters from Christian ministry leaders I work with. God has called us to work in His Kingdom. We each have our own work to do, but on the other hand if you know what is going on in the bigger picture, you will know how to pray for us better as well. In the past on many occasions, I have seen ministries acting as though they are in competition with each other -- there should be no competition in the ministry of bringing the Gospel to the world.
There is good news from the Crick. Just over a week ago the Trust reached "agreement" with some of the FLDS members which allows them to continue to live in their homes in the twin towns of Hildale and Colorado City. The Trust had no alternative but to proceed with hundreds of evictions to people who refused to pay taxes and occupancy fees on the houses they were living in. The members of the FLDS entering into the agreements are adamant about the fact that these are agreements, not compromises. Part of the agreement is that they can go directly to the county seat and pay their back taxes. The reason for this is that Warren Jeffs said no back taxes are to be paid to the Trust.
It is very interesting that the agreements are being entered into by women. I believe this is for a couple of reasons. One, there are few men left in the community -- almost all men have been sent away to workcamps making money for the FLDS. Secondly, it seems most of those who are left in the Crick are of "lower class" members of the FLDS, not members of the United Order, the "top class." Finally, another factor that could play into all this is that many are suggesting that Warren Jeffs may be loosing his grip on the membership. I am told that some who are coming out more recently say that Jeffs may have totally lost his mind in prison and has become totally incompetent.
Whatever the reason for these changes, the good news is that many of the women and children can stay put for a while. Please continue to pray for the breakup of the FLDS and that many will see the light of our Redeemer.
And more good news -- the City Council of Hildale has now made a decision that the newly elected Council, all who are non-FLDS, as well as the mayor, will be sworn into their new offices at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday. As for Hildale being run by a "theocracy" -- this will be a thing of the past. I plan to attend the swearing in.
Thanks for your continued support.
In His service,
Marion "Mike" Menning
`1673 Parkridge Dr.
Salt Lake City, Utah 84121
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