10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
Wonderful day with no rain and many dedications!!At Uttlapalli Village, we dedicate church given by Vinita AG. Here last year we baptized in 55 gallon drum behind a tarp because hindus were upset. We gave to start church and it now runs over 50 adults and 40 children and growing weekly.One crippled girl from birth, 4 weeks ago can now walk.We prayed for infilling of Holy Spirit and heaven was so real and a couple got their heavenly language. Gave matching gift to put stone floor and extend the church–no more room…Srinivas Nagar–we dedicate well, Melody gave in memory of her late husband who passed 7 years ago. It has sweet water and 40 church members and all neighbors were so thankful. One pump of handle and water comes!!Narsapuram–so truly blessed me!! This church built by Tula Rosa NM and well by the Haymes family, has grown from 50 to 70 with added 50 children. This is an alive church.last year we prayed for a boy Krishnan, 18, who was born deaf-mute.I had forgotten, but his father Hamu Niak, a stone polisher, brought him up and both were so so excited. They shared how after the prayer last year—now Krishnan can hear and speak. He had such a huge smile as he told his name, what village he is from, his fathers name … PRAISE THE LORD!Last year, his father pledged to do marble floors stones in the church and it is beautiful job as a stone polisher…In the churches where God is showing signs and wonders–which are so many churches, they are growing much.In Keshavapuram, we dedicated a church and plaque given in memory of Judy Henry of Muscogee-a friend who so encouraged and prayed and is now with the Lord!Nice church that we gave today for flooring etc.One woman was one of many who stood and told of God’s grace and love.She was some 55 and a widow since age 26. She shared she was widowed and both of her daughters husbands also had passed and they were widows…She shared how now she has no debt and God is taking care in spite of all the challenges…she set down.I asked: “sister, is your name Naomi?” All said, “YES, that is her name.”I am so thankful for God’s goodness and grace. He does do miracles and so so many are testified about in everyday here:TB, leprosy, deaf-mute, babies given etc…He sees us thru daily and keeps us covered in blessing and protection!!Just crossing many rivers the past week with so many low water ”bridges”? has been so challenging with so many bridges washed out and bumper deep waters… having to throw stones in holes on bridges to make it across… HE PROTECTS and does “Signs and Wonders”!!Thanks for your prayers!! 2 more days in villages…Kerry, Melody, Jim and Joshua
In Feb. we climbed on a rooftop to dedicate a church in village called Kodada, CC ReddyColony, pastor Simon.given by Faith Bible Chapel in Page AZ. I was at first not so impressed…When we first went, there were 25 people with good hearts so we gave and they built a nice church on the slab roof. Today that church has grown to 60 and is so alive and growing. They took us to neighboring village some 10 miles where we joined with them to build a first church in Naryanagudem, built by Roundup Cowboy Church.Today we went to X Road-Kodada, Few miles from CC Reddy Colony. We helped them build a nice church on a rooftop similar to CC Reddy Church. However as we dedicated, we encouraged them also to give a missions offering of thanksgiving to help another church get started. We prayed and only 3 people gave. Two were visitors and one was pastors daughter of about 15 years old. When she gave, he was standing near here and some on our team saw him reach out with his foot and kick her. Only 1500 rs were given $12…. This pastors wife stood and said, “If they give to this, they won’t give to help us…”My heart hurt for them. They have a beautiful church all 100% complete, painted and so nice, but with hearts like that, challenges are ahead.When we entered Naryana Village as the last of the day to dedicate the mission church alongside pastor Simon–built by Cowboy Church,They met us with drums pounding. Roads were ankle deep mud from all rains and I was struggling to walk after falling earlier and my knee was going out…Two guys grabbed hold and walked me thru the village to the beautiful church and so so many gathered. All stood in church yard as drums pounded giving shouts of praise. Joshua and Jim were right in the middle dancing a victory dance with all the men with women all gathered around shouting praise to God!We cut the ribbon and all went in! Church holds about 150 seated crosslegged on the floor, and it was packed with people looking in the windows.All got on their knees to sing and the drums pounded out incredible rythym and all sang with everything in them. Made tears come to my eyes and keep swallowing the lump in my throat as hands and drums pounded out the staccato rythym… These people are in unity and about 100 have taken baptism and many filled with Holy Spirit. We shared message of salvation with up to 50 that came as unbelievers….they all prayed a strong loud prayer of salvation.We began to pray and prayer totally filled the air and when quiet came, we began to sing universal song…Allelujah…Two separate women shared of visions and word from God,“There will soon be a great shout and Jesus is telling us He is coming soon”these village women, who were hindu before, related!Many have been having visions and God speaking to them in the congregation that was all hindu previous, but has come to experience Gods presence and power…led by young Simon in early 30′s.What a difference in two roof top experiences…Like Peter, I want the vision on rooftop to be life changing for Gods glory, and not selfish.By Pastor Kerry MauldinDedicate Gudibanda,(temple stone village) given by Tula Rosa CC in NM. Good nice church building with Life! Also a Church given by Okema AGand gave for 3 more churches…Good things happening and so many hearing Gospel and churches growing!!Have 6 more villages today….Keep praying!! Such peace when know you are covered in prayer!With so much thanks,Kerry, Melody, Jim and Joshua
at Gorenkapalli in pouring rain we dedicate a church given by Abundant Life!!Pastors were so thankful and blessed!!We were there last Oct and gave for the church. Johan and Rageny, pastors had just lost a baby girl in death and we prayed God would restore with a baby.we named and dedicated Samuel who is now 3 months old! Named him Samuel as a fulfillment of a promise from God and he is dedicated to serve the Lord!The church has grown from 15 to 30 adults this year!!At Thatikula Village–Toddy Tree Village–We dedicate a prayer shed where Satyam (truth), came to the Lord 8 years ago, but none of his family. Last year, we shared with his family and when we set with them, the look on their faces was terrorizing to us—(get out of here and don’t bother us) but they listened and several accepted Christ. Satyam and his brother poured anointing oil all around a shiva temple and the family vowed to build a house for the Living God.We dedicate that church today. It is right beside a river and about 30 were there as we prayed, celebrated, cut cake and shared Christ with several who had not accepted!God has so poured out His blessing on this family. Their Chili pepper shop is doing well and blessed in every way as they are the first in the village to step out for Christ!!!Korlapahad (Branch Village)–We had a late lunch early supper and saw where church is needed. No other church in whole village. We walk to visit in hindu homes and at center of village we gave bracelets and some 200-300 people totally surrounded us and we began to share. Eventually they quieted down and listened very well as we clearly shouted the message. A loud unison of voices prayed the prayer of salvation and we spoke into many hearts that were unbelieving.Jim got up and taught the 100 or so kids down front a song with motions and all enjoyed!!Joshua is a magnet to not only all the teen boys, but multitude of teen girls who all wanted a picture with him…In the dark some 50-60 gathered at the church place and we taught them and joined with them to build a church (given by Huntsville Evangel).The day ended on a great high as it is so much joy to have so so many gathered to accept and then press press press in for prayer…I know God heard the many cries that these people have as they call out to Him and we joined with them!!The Branch is was getting tied into the Vine!!With love, thanks and prayers,Melody, Kerry, Jim and Joshua
One of greatest sounds in the world is hearing hundreds of voices praying in unison…We were in Pullicherla (tiger) Village and stop at a school. They have 329 students and many were there. Jim is in his element in front of all those kids, teaching “I Am Somebody” , because God loves me…Sharing Christ and all those children, sitting crosslegged barefoot on the ground in perfect rows, wearing all alike uniforms and the boys with ties…eyes closed and sincerely praying as a higher pitched unison calls out to Jesus…These are the blessings!! A young woman started the school and now has 2 buses and is currently meeting under the trees with the children, but in process of building a 5 room school house with more rooms to come. She needs about $9000 to complete and we prayed with her standing on the land and brick construction going on…She is bold and most of students are hindu…We gave 2 churches today and dedicated Dasari Nemalipuram that Stigler AG gave. They needed flooring and we taught and 2 strangers to the villages each gave 10,000rs and we matched what was given for steps and floor…That 2 strangers gave for a church that was not even there church.Most of the people are in cotton fields. Masses of people are packed into tractor wagons to point of overflowing and come from all over to be cotton pickers!! I only imagine back in 1930′s the migrant workers flooding areas to pick fruit or cotton and camped in little tents and cooking fires and working long days in the fields…The fields truly are ripe for the harvest. We must work with urgency!!Love, prayers and so so much thanks for praying!!Melody, Jim, Joshua and me…
Went to Devarakonda area today dedicated a church and gave 3 more churches.At Pasunura “many cows village”, we dedicated the nice brick Prayer Shed as thefirst and only church in town. We gave pastor Prahbu and wife a water buffalo to help them make a living and shared Christ with many.Here came Shaker, 22, with polio, walking with sticks on the tips of his toes and pressing on to make it one rugged step after another.We had given him a pair of goats and now he has 3 goats and doing well in spite of living alone since both parents are passed away. This young mans gentle determined spirit goes straight into my heart and brings tears and joy at the same time!!Vaddipalta village there is no church, but 28 believers have come to Christ and taken baptism. Pastor was hindu until 7 years ago and served Jesus along with other gods until 2 years ago when he committed and was filled with Holy Spirit and went to 6 month Bible school. Now he has bought land in main part of village and wants a church….We look at land, but people around are not in unity with him. We set under trees on main road and many people gather as we share Christ. They listen very well, till one man began to shout loudly, “Why can we not worship all gods?” he disrupted everything….Come to find out, it was pastors own brother shouting…Pastor has stood as first in the village for Christ and it is very contentious.I gave this brother the challenge… “When quiet tonight, ask the Living God to speak to your heart and verify if the story of this Jesus is real that you heard today…”The brother finally quieted down and took the challenge.We prayed the prayer of salvation with many in this village and joined with them to build the church.One woman there for 4 years has a giant tumor on her hip. It is huge and like a football in size. Poor and no way to get it removed. We prayed and gave money and pastor will take her to Hyderabad 3 hours on bus for surgery…Late into the night, sitting on the ground with buffaloes around in the house yards and people gathering to hear the Gospel. All villages with no church, but people are stepping up and coming to Christ!!We must have urgency to make the most of all that God has blessed us….Thank you all so much for praying and notes of encouragement!! Nothing like it when you note people have got your back…Love thanks and prayers,Melody, Joshua, Jim and Kerry
This is a portion of an email I received from MareZilla today and as you can see, she is in desperate need for our prayers. All of you who read this blog are such wonderful prayer warriors and the Bible tells us that if we ask in Jesus name He will answer, and that prayer is one of the most important things that we can do for one another. Please do include her in your prayers, and I will be sure to pass along the comments to her! God bless!
Hi there my beloved friends who I miss so very much,I have been in an ambulance more times than I can recall in just this past week alone. 3 times were in just one day and it was a day that included 4 stays in the ERs of 2 different hospitals. Just showing up at my regular dr’s offices gets me hauled away because a routine check of my BP & pulse makes them think I will immediately have a stroke so I guess they are required to dial 911. But no hospitals will admit me for inpatient care no matter how many non-hospital dr.s say I need it cuz I guess I may have been death paneled or something now that Obamacare is official. I can’t walk when it is bad and often cannot even see but with BP #s such as 250/17 (really) and 220/180 the hospital says go home & monitor it and when I told them I didn’t have the device to do that I was told to go to a store where they have those booths you sit in for a free BP reading. They told this to me while I was blind and basically paralyzed. I think the hosp gets fined now if the same person keeps showing up up for the same thing and I keep trying to get help for the fact that I keep getting strangled when my throat closes from all swelling and it keeps sending me into a life threatening position with that Adrenal Insufficiency stuff. I was 125 lbs a few weeks ago, but I swell up to 170 lbs on bad days, yes, that much fluid builds in my body and blows me up and hurts me and strangles me and makes me fall down and screws me up in a bajillion other ways – from a prolonged allergic reaction to a drug they never should have had me on to treat a condition that i never had. I’m currently hovering at around 150 lbs for the past 2 days, which is 15-25 lbs of fluid killing me, but at least it only rises and falls by a couple of pounds thru the day now instead of dozens of pounds so that might be a good sign.These are hospitals that just a few months ago basically FORCED ME TO STAY as inpatient for days of care when my vitals were not nearly as bad as they are now.Funny coincidence about the policy change & Obamacare implementation happening at the same time, huh?
Just thought I’d fill u in on what’s up with me. I’m in bed writing from my phone so can’t blog or C&P nuthin and my eyes are swelling shut again but if anyone asks about me, you can tell them what I just told u or if u have a bit o time, someone plz just put it on my blog(s) if what I wrote above is not too incoherent. I’m only sending this email to those of you who have access to post on my blogs.
There is much more to tell but my eyes are going to make me wait.
I am in the worst pain of my life and am not even remotely well mentally. My face is unrecognizable even to close relatives now because I am so disfigured from swelling. I am too swollen in my body to even wear maternity clothes that I used at the very ends of my pregnancies in which I had been enormous.
I did see a new doc on Thurs who seems competent & he thinks I’m salvageable but he also said it would take weeks or months & that I should prepare for physical and mental pain that may be worse than I can possibly even imagine. It is already horrible.
Because ppl helped me, my lights & internet are fine so this is not a bleg. I am however asking for prayers which are badly needed and if anyone can stand to call & talk to a sick person who is temporarily mentally ill, I would welcome a reprieve from my miserable isolation. But mostly, because I am currently so very ugly and isolated and my self esteem is destroyed, I really just don’t want to be forgotten. Please remember me as I used to be back when I was a decent blogger and not a disfigured half dead mental case.
I miss everybody but I’m in no shape to follow the news since the tyrants running our country into the ground make me yell & scream even when I am sort of ok .
We know that God will answer prayer, Justin is in desperate need of prayers. His doctors have been unable to diagnose his condition and have been treating him with steroids for the symptoms. His family is terribly concerned because the treatments are having little to no effect and are therefore taking him somewhere that it is more likely that they will be able to come up with a diagnosis. He has suffered for quite awhile now and his family are concerned that it is some type of cancer. They need emotional strength but more they need a healing. God is our creator, He knows every bit of our innermost being. He is the Great Physician. He can heal, but He can also use Doctors to do His work. Sometimes He lets us go on the journey in order to accomplish a goal He has for us. Please join me in prayer that God will work His will and help Justin and his family. God bless and thank you!
Dear Lord, please regard this Your child and help him and his family find answers and healing. Guide the physicians hands and loan them the knowledge that they need to answer the mystery of this illness. We put our trust in You. Thank you Lord, in Your wonderful Son, Jesus Christ’s name, we give You glory and praise. Amen and amen!
Sorrow seeps out,
with deep gasps for air;
tempered with prayer.
with casting of care;
gentle His touch,
as He holds us there.
Gone is the weight,
of such sorrowful snare;
burden He lifts,
Troubled the soul,
that knows not His care;
blessed the One,
who holds us close there.
Sing praise to God,
our Father, so fair;
who heals our hurts,
tender His repair.
“He heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds.” – (Psalm 147:3)
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You hold our heart and hands when the weight of our woes seem beyond what we can bear. Thank You that You do not want for us to hold them in our hands, but rather You request that we place them in Yours. Thank You that You hold us close, and provide safe space to grieve. Thank You that though mourning may last for a time, Your joy will remain forever. Forgive us for trying to be strong enough, and help us to allow You to hold us up in our weakness. Teach us to turn to You in total trust, and show us how to cast every care upon You. May our times of mourning further magnify the joy that is found in You alone. Let the hope we hold, even in the grip of grief, lead those who are looking, to Your loving care. All glory and honor to You, our Holy Healer. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.
One of my sister-in-laws is having some serious health problems and is going to have a heart cath done this afternoon! Please keep her in prayer and hold her up! We know that is one of the things that Jesus has instructed us in and how greater a gift can we give than the giving of love by way of prayer?
Dear Lord, You are the creator of all things, You are the designer of every thing that exists. No being knows more about how we are made, You are also the Great Physician and have instructed us to take our needs before You in prayer. We are following Your instructions Dear Lord and asking that You give Jane and all our family strength and heal her if it is possible and in Your plans Lord! We give You praise, glory and honor Dear Lord, in Jesus wonderful name we so pray! Amen and amen.
Dear friends, Annie is in desperate need of our prayers and is facing many hurdles. Here is an update from her. Please do hold her up in your prayers.
”I’m asking you to pray for Rey and me Patricia. It has been three years since Rey has worked, we’ve eliminated a car, cut down on expenses, no longer have TV, have darn near exhausted savings and are about 2 months from insolvency, and have an appointment with an attorney soon. I’ve approached my family for help and now I’m approaching my friends for prayers, and counsel.
I have a total ankle replacement in 2 weeks that I’m trying to keep a positive attitude for; but when I suggested to Rey that I put it off (because it’ll require a trip and rehab for 6-9 weeks) to Chicago and a return to Chicago in 12 weeks (which I’ll probably tell the surgeon I can’t do); Rey wouldn’t hear of it. “Annie, this might very we’ll be the last time you have the opportunity to get some facsimile of a life back). I sort have put together a scenario that goes;
have the surgery, and because I have the surgery, I’ll be (eventually, like in a few months-a year) able to walk (not run), and by so doing, lose weight. THe pulmonologist feels that my lung problems, although not completely, are due in good part to my weight (I’ve got a pretty small frame)
If the lungs and my ankles are less problematic, I’ll be able to get in the pool more often and lose weight. The hazards of immobility/sedentary life style are numerous, not the least of which has been on my heart. So, I ask you to pray, pray like only Loopy can pray.
Dear Lord, You know the needs of us all, You are the Great Creator! You answer when You are asked, we have to do the asking. We are gathering here to request your help for both Annie and Rey. They are in need of physical help as well as financial help Lord. We have faith in Your promises Lord. And we ask this in Jesus wonderful name! We give you glory and praise Lord! Amen and amen!
Debbie (I have a voice) has not been doing well and is in need of prayers. Her nights are often difficult, and infections in her system happen with frequency. But we know that we have a great and wonderful God, a Creator that knows everything about how we are made because He was the maker. He has a purpose for Debbie and that is her voice, and while she may be limited physically, her mind and her love of God is unlimited. So is God’s love for her. Please join me in prayer and ask God to give her the strength to endure, and if He wills, to take away her pain as much as possible. Also to guide her on her path to His will.
The Bible instructs us to gather together to pray for those in need and to lift each one up in prayer, also to rejoice because God always answers.
Dear Lord, give Debbie the strength that she so desperately needs, ease her pain Lord and bless her with your grace Lord. Let Your Holy Spirit fill her with Your perfect peace. You know what her condition is Lord, and she has been faithful to Your word Lord. We give you glory, honor, and praise Lord, in Jesus wonderful name we ask this! Amen and amen!
Yesterday, many gathered together to celebrate and remember our dear friend, Anne. I had been asked to speak the week prior, and on Wednesday evening, I at last sat down, determined to write out what I was to say on Saturday. My prayer was that He would provide words that honored Aine, and glorified Him. Though not in quite the same context as in the word, the following verse rang true: “For the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.” – (Luke 12:12)
What follows, are the words I spoke yesterday at the memorial.
Tenacity, strength, and unwavering faith are three of the things I loved most about Anne. Though I had only known her four or five years, Aine quickly became a dear friend. I am not certain whether it was her fiery Irish temperament, or her tenderness for the defenseless, that made it easy to understand and navigate a friendship that felt familial.
I don’t think I have ever met another human being who has had the tenaciousness that Aine had. To fight such an elusive opponent that continued to ravage her body with pain for more than nine long years, took a drive and determination that goes beyond human bounds. Most of us would have thrown in the towel long ago, and simply begged Jesus to take us home. Not Aine. She had faith that would fend off anything and everything that would try to tear her down. No weapon formed against her would ever prosper, and her hope included healing here on earth.
She wanted the healing to be her story – one of flawless faith, that ended in the miraculous.
Though her healing did not come how we had hoped, her story – her very existence and unwavering faith in her fight – was truly a testimony wherever she went. The first time I went to an appointment with Anne, was just before she was to begin chemo. Though she was scared, she was not about to let dear Dr. Linden see a lick of fear. She proudly professed her faith in the Father, and insisted that her healing would come.
One of the many things that I have learned from Aine, is that it is okay to ask for prayer. I so appreciated how Anne did not hesitate to ask for prayer, any time she felt she needed it. There was nothing shy about her, and she knew how very powerful prayer could be. Her boldness and bravery, taught me how to trust Him more.
I am astounded that someone like me, who repels all things medical, could be convinced that I was one of the very people that God had intended to walk beside her through the medical maze. Additionally, she had the uncanny ability to get me to step outside of myself, and do things I insisted I would never do. Even in her heavenly homecoming, here I am, right now, speaking to you, OUT LOUD, despite my fear of using my voice in this way.
In a most profound moment of prayer prior to her homecoming, I was blessed with a picture that not only brought comfort to me, but I was actually able to share it with Aine on the morning of her final day. With a hand on her foot as she rested, I closed my eyes to pray. I had come to a place where I simply sat, ready to listen, as my words seemed to be at a loss. What I saw were outstretched arms with a bright light shining behind Him. Soon, I saw a young, healthy, strong and carefree Anne, running to His extended arms. Jesus embraced Aine, and twirled her around as He held her close. When they stopped spinning, He held her tenderly as she rested her head over His heart. Hesitantly she looked in His eyes, and with a voice full of love, He told her each heartbeat she heard, was just for her. Once she was ready, He carefully set her feet back upon the ground, and took her hand in His. Together, hand-in-hand, they walked upon the streets of gold as He began to show her all that He had prepared, just for her.
Barely able to get the words out, God gave me the strength to share with Aine, what I had seen. She heard me, and gave my hand a squeeze.
All that day and into the evening, I was able to stay beside her and simply hold her hand. By eight or so, I found myself alone in the room with Aine. Her breathing became extremely labored, and I knew she was near her end. I squeezed her hand, and reminded her that it was okay, she could run to Him and she would be safe. Soon, Elka, the night nurse came in. As she attended to Anne, I stepped back and looked away, knowing she would want her dignity intact. Elka turned her on her side, then back again, and she was gone.
I am so thankful that gone does not mean the end, but rather it was only the beginning. Aine is now dancing on streets of gold, lavished in the love and light of the Lord. Though I will miss her terribly, I find great comfort in knowing that I will one day see Aine again. For now, there is sorrow, as a void resides where my sweet sister was held so dear. With time, I know that the sadness will fade, and wonderful memories will warm the now wounded places. Until that day when I see her again, I will hold fast to the very same hope that carried her to her heavenly home.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are so faithful to meet us in our moments of need, and provide the strength and courage that is needed to do all that You ask of us. Forgive us for our fear of failure, (as though we could do anything You ask in our own strength), and teach us to trust in Your unfailing faithfulness. Thank You that so many gathered to remember my sweet sister in You, and thank You that though her own sister was unable to travel from Ireland with her newborn baby, technology afforded her the opportunity to see and hear how deeply Anne had touched so many lives. Please be the comfort and strength of all who are mourning, and help each of us to hold fast the the hope of our own heavenly homecoming. May many come to know the comfort and care that You provide, and help each heart to hear how they too, may truly trust in You. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.
When we go next week to the villages, we so need wisdom on who and how to help. I just received this and many other requests for churches and wells…. When you read of someone keeping up the Good Fight and running the race in spite of challenges, it makes me want to step up and help! But we have found thru the years, it is best to inspect and not just expect…
Our days will be full and so many many villages to inspect and prayerfully know how or when to help.Melody, Joshua Heilig, Jim Eastman and I make up the team going Oct 7 to the villages!!We are counting on you to provide a prayer covering and by God’s grace, we will dedicate 59 churches and give for about that many more and a multitude of people will find Christ as we strengthen the hands of the pastors and bless the widows and handicapped!!With love, thanks and prayers,Kerry and MelodyMauldin Ministries (501c3)Po box 140402Broken Arrow Ok, 74014PRAISE THE LORDRequest report no: 16; from Pastoramma. K.Mary - Turkapally village …
To Rev. Kerry Sir,AD. Jaya Prabhakar Sir &Pastor. J. Emmanuel,Sir, I am Mrs. K. Mary, wife of Late Pastor. Barnabas. My husband served the Lord for 15 years as Pastor before he rested in the Lord after suffering from dengue fever. To do not stop the God’s given duty , since my husband’s death I took the responsibility of serving the Lord’s purpose in Turkapallyvillage ..Sir my husband had bought 200 yards of land ( which is in 30Ft x 60Ft ) for the purpose of constructing a Church in Turkapally village. We had laid the basement and erected pillars at the construction site. About 60 to 70 members come from nearby villages to attend the Prayer Services we uphold at the under construction site. But now few of our regular members have stopped coming to attend Prayer Services due to insufficient space.I studied up to 10th standard and I live with my two children – daughter has completed 12th standard and my son is studying in 10th standard. I am trying hard to keep the members united in the Lord as a Church. I Preach to encourage and strengthen the weakening Spirits and help them to stand firm in their Faith in Christ.Sir I humbly request you to consider my poor condition and help me complete the Church construction. Except you I know no one to seek help from. Please Pray for me , my children and for the incomplete Church construction…. Thanking you…!!Yours in Christ,Lady Pastor. K.Mary,Turkapally village …
Barely making eye contact, Johanna* quickly looked past me as I entered the building and asked, “How are you?”
Slowing down a bit, I responded, “I’m dying of cancer.”
She never batted an eye. “Oh, that’s nice, dear.”
(I’m not dying of cancer – just so you know!)
This was part of an experiment I’ve been running, curious to see how people would respond. Most of the time, when folks ask “How are you?” they’re doing the “polite” thing. Very few actually give a rip.
On the street, polite disinterest is to be expected. When I find the sense of “don’t bother me with the details, just give me the standard answer” among my church family members, I am saddened. Because we have the “mind of Christ,” His tender-hearted care must be evident, one would think.
My goal is to become genuine. Therefore, if I don’t care, I don’t want to ask! (…and there are some whom I don’t ask. They wallow in their woes – and like it that way. I’m not being harsh – I used to be one of them!)
Sometimes, though, it’s not the “asker’s” fault…
With a face so long she could have stepped on it, a Christian sister entered the foyer on Sunday.
“Hi, Claire*! How’s it going?” I asked, genuinely concerned.
Then she dropped the bomb
…the Christian “F” word…
“Fine,” said with a plastic smile.
“Wait, Claire. Let me try this again…How is your soul?”
What came next left me astonished. She unloaded the saddest story I’d heard in a while.
By the time she was finished, she was in tears, and so was I.
“Whoa! Let’s talk to our Father about this,” I said, and led her to a quiet corner.” I prayed for her, and then we went into the sanctuary for worship.
By the time church was over, her plastic smile was replaced with a real one. She gave my hand a squeeze and whispered, “Thanks.”
Nothing had changed about Claire’s circumstances, but she’d been given the opportunity to have someone come alongside and bear the burden with her.
(*These are not their real names.)
The question we ask makes a huge difference. I have yet to be given the “F” word when I ask a person, “How’s your soul?” Every time, they stop and think about it. The replies have been everything from “My soul is good,” or “To be honest, I’ve been cranky lately,” to “I’m not doing well at all. I’m about ready to give up.”
Try it for yourself…but only if you’re prepared to invest time in others!
How often we miss an opening to encourage one another when we ask the “standard” question, “How are you doing?”
…and how many times we let the chance to have someone lift us up in prayer or be strengthened by someone when we respond to this routine question with…
…the Christian “F” Word!
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Thank you letter no:1 ; from Pastor. V.Mark – translated by Jovita Elizabeth….
No self-respecting Christian would consider casting spells. After all, this is a practice that is prohibited in the Bible. But are we guilty of this without realizing our error?
What is a spell, anyway? In its simplest form, a spell is the selection of words or phrases spoken with the intent of getting our desired outcome. Sometimes actions and implements are used in conjunction with words. The expected result is that the one casting the spell will achieve their will in the matter before them.
Here’s where prayer gets interesting.
In the past, I have used rote prayers in an effort to “move” God and get what I want, whether it is forgiveness for myself or a change in someone I know. There are “key” phrases I believed needed to be incorporated – and if I used them, the result was supposedly “guaranteed.”
The “Lord’s Prayer” is one I used in such a fashion. Night after night I would chant these words to show God how serious I was about wanting to be His child. I have to say “chant” because there was no thoughtful consideration, really, of what I was saying. I’d heard that this prayer was “known” to put a person in God’s favor.
Another important “key” is that of praying in King James English. Somehow, doing so makes the prayer “holier” and more likely to be heard, or so I believed.
I would never touch an “eye of newt,” or spider webs; nor do I have access to dragon blood. The thought of using such things is distasteful, to say the least.
On the other hand, I have been known to perform certain rituals in an effort to “move heaven” and get what I was asking for. If my ritual was interrupted, I became angry. The whole thing was blown, and I would have to try again later when I was certain of being left alone to complete my rites.
The day the Lord showed me that all of my efforts were designed to manipulate Him,
and were no better than casting spells, I was horrified.
I had to rethink my prayer time and practices.
Going through the Lord’s Prayer, I began to see the words in a new light.
Our Father, which art in heaven - He is no man, and He is not like my earthly father
Hallowed be Thy name - You are holy God and worthy of honor and praise, I am neither holy nor God.
Thy kingdom come - The desire of my heart should be the restoration of all things to His original design – man walking with God
Thy will be done - You know best how to achieve the most blessed outcome for the most people. My goal is to make my life better.
On earth as it is in heaven - His will benefits all, making earth more like heaven. My will benefits me, and can bring hell to those who stand in my way.
Give us this day our daily bread - a reminder that there is nothing I have that did not first come from His generous hand
Forgive us our trespasses - How many times today did I “step on the grass” of activities, words, or thoughts of I know are outside God’s stated will, defiantly ignoring the sign that said “Stay Off?”
As we forgive those who trespass against us - Ooh! Do I really want to be forgiven in the same manner as I forgive those who have crossed my boundaries?
Lead us not into temptation - I can find enough on my own. Have I matured enough that I would be able to stand in the face of temptation? Please help me be strong.
But deliver us from the evil one - I have an enemy. His desire is to rob and steal and destroy. Help me remember this every day in every circumstance. Give me discernment to see when he is at work and wisdom to stand firm when his arrows are aimed against me.
For Thine is the kingdom - You are King of kings, Lord of Lords, and everything belongs to You. I am only a small piece of Your grand Story – certainly not the leading lady!
The power - You are in control at all times. You have placed this power, through Your Holy Spirit, in each of Your children to do Your good will. Let me never misuse this gift, but never let me refrain from calling on Your power when the situation warrants my involvement.
And the glory - You are the only one it is safe to worship and honor. People twist applause into pride and become corrupted. Nothing created can be fully trusted. All will fail; only You can be praised without being altered by the glory.
Forever and ever - What will I be doing a million years from today, Lord? Whatever that may be, amazing will be part of the package. I’ll have only begun to know You then. “Forever and ever” makes me Homesick. Come quickly, Lord Jesus!
This prayer is not a chant, an incantation;
it is an opportunity to magnify the Lord – see Him as big as He truly is.
When I pray like this, it corrects my concept of how “big and important” I am in my own little realm. In light of Who He is, my ego is diminished and I am humbled to be chosen as His child. In reality, my life is the inch between my birth and death – which connects with everyone else’s inch on the timeline of history. That puts things in perspective in a hurry!
Don’t misunderstand, I am not opposed to kneeling, or lit candles, or other acts of worship. These are more like setting a mood for an intimate dinner, though; and not to manipulate the One I love. In fact, sometimes I use a prayer shawl. The fabric against my cheeks is like having the Father place my face in His hands and say, “Look into My eyes.” It keeps me focused; but that’s as far as it goes. God doesn’t say, “Oh, look! She has on her shawl. I have to listen and grant her wishes now. That really inspires me to give her what she wants.” Or, “Uh oh! She said, “In Jesus’ name.” Now I have to do what she asked.”
My point is this: Why do I choose the words I speak to Him?
Are they carefully chosen to supposedly “back the Lord into a corner” so He has no choice but to perform that for which I’m asking? Or am I pouring out my heart to a trusted Father and Friend, knowing that His answer will be what’s best for all concerned?
Why do I carry out my rituals? Is my intent to invoke God’s favor and get what I want? Or is my desire to make my time with Him special?
If my motives are anything but love, (1 Corinthians 13:1-4), then I may well be in danger of attempting to bewitch Almighty God.
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both young and old;
may each be well,
as day unfolds.
When bags are packed,
and lunches made;
with new clothes donned,
Lord, go before,
each one of us;
whether by car,
by foot or bus.
Let hope be held,
in every heart;
as we make way,
to year’s new start.
May every child,
find safety there;
may peace be found,
through smiles we wear.
Let each student,
and know our care,
as they walk in.
God give us strength,
use us to be;
a voice of hope,
with kids we lead.
For all who come,
may we provide,
a place to grow.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for new beginnings. Thank You for the privilege of partnering with You in preparing young lives to be tomorrow’s leaders. Thank You that as we begin a new school year, You have already set in place, which people are to care for every child who enters our schools. Strengthen and equip us to reach and care for each one, and may they leave a bit better at each day’s end. Forgive us for our oversights, and please stand in the gaps where we fall short. Protect every student and staff member that enter our schools, and help each to become the very best version of ourselves. May we honor You with all we do, and may many find way to faith in You. Amen.
Anne update: Yesterday was a quieter day for Anne, but I imagine a bit of rest was good. Today she has an important appointment. Please pray not only for her healing, but for wisdom and words for the medical community entrusted with her care. Please grant them Your words to speak. Hold her heart and her hand as she goes, and be her perfect peace. Blessings to you, my prayerful friends!
With countless thanks, Shannon
To all things give God the glory and He tells us to ask and it shall be given. Prayer is one of the most important things that we can ask for. And it is something that He requests we do for all those in need, but especially for our brothers and sisters. This is a prayer request from a wonderful sister who spends a lot of her time caring for other and hates to ask for herself. Please do add this to your prayers. We know that He is still on the throne and answers. And I have faith that this prayer will be answered as well! God bless you all, prayer warriors! Pray for her physical as well as mental welfare my friends. She is in an abusive situation as well!
“I need prayer. My financial situation is unchanged, but I have to face my many physical challenges which have long gone untreated or diagnosed. They have been growing worse but without money or insurance have been ignored. I saw a doctor and my blood pressure is off the charts and blood work is expected to reveal more. PLEASE pray for me and especially for help with fear. Thank you.”