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Saturday, May 31, 2008



      (In front of Christ Church --State St., Schenectady on 5-31-08,
      9:20 -- 10:40 a.m. Table witnesses for Him this day were Thelma Stearns, Don Foust, Torre Bissell and Deacon Alan Hart.)

a-- Indicates person received anointing of Holy Oil

t -- Indicates person received one of Torre's wooden crosses

      EDWARD --- Arrived just as Prayer Table was being set up. Edward is a repeat visitor to the Table; proudly showed us he is wearing his cross. Received prayer for continued grace, protection and direction from God.

      t-- CRYSTAL -- Wanted prayers for provision for herself, her family and her friends.

      t-- JANE -- Jane asked for prayers for continued good health. After the prayers as she put on her new cross, she hesitated a moment, smiled and told us "Something just made me come over here today!"

      t-- PAT (a man) --- Wanted prayers "for everything." Torre prayed for Pat to seek the Lord and find his grace and provision and protection in his life, also for his family and friends.

      t-- MARK -- Very serious, troubled young man. Asked for prayers that he will be able to continue to make the mortgage payments on his house.

      a, t -- JOHN -- There is always one "special" visitor to the weekly Table who stands out as someone in special need, and that the Table obviously was there for him. Today it was John, who is visiting Schenectady from Newark, N.J. He asked that God grant him a "renewal." He admiited he is a Christian who has been "backsliding" and was in obvious need of forgiveness from his guilt of some sin. We prayed for him to ask Jesus to forgive and forget his sins, and he was anointed to feel God's transformation in his renewed life. Torre told John to look for signs today that Jesus is working in his life.

      t -- PABLO --- Stopped out of curiousity, explained right away that he does not speak English. But he understood our upraised hands and that we wanted to pray for him, so he let us pray with and for him.

      t- RAMA and her two sons, a, t --JOSE and a,t -- CARLO -- This adorable little family walked by and at first did not stop, but Carlo's (boy of about 5 or 6) urging caused Mom to stop with her young son in the baby carriage. Torre prayed for an anointing of the Holy Spirit on the whole family. Both boys were anointed with Holy Oil with prayers that they would both in time come to know Jesus and to walk in His path. The mother was very grateful and pleased!

      a,t -- JULIO -- Middle-aged man in a lot of obvious discomfort with a metal-braced kind of splint on his right forearm and hand. He said he had fallen from a van and the fingers had been pushed back up into his hand. Received prayers for healing and soothing grace from God.

      t -- MARLON -- Big, muscular young man who we guessed would never stop in a million years. But when Don and Thelma called out to him, Marlon stopped! He was in need of prayer for provision and that things will get better. He said he was in a hurry, but he stopped and was glad to receive prayer.

      t--JOEY --- Young man who was there because he said he is "dealing with a lot of stress." Don prayed for Joey to be freed from stress and the anxieties of this life.

      t -- ANTHONY --- While we were praying for Joey, Anthony sat down in the other empty chair. We recognized him as a previous visitor to the Table. He is the one whose mother, MARIA, was in the hospital last week with a heart problem. He is happy that she was able to go home yesterday. We prayed for continued healing for Anthony's mother.

      DANIEL --- Another repeat visitor who recently requested prayer for safe travel back and forth to NYC. He is back and made the trip safe and sound. He arrived just as we were taking the Table down.

      Note: After Prayer Table, I visited JIMMY (Larry's son) at his mother's home in Schenectady. He was released from Ellis this week and is getting cared for at his mom's. Jimmy is much happier being home. He told me his big goal is to become well enough to come to Christ Church someday. He wants all of you who have been praying for him to know how much he appreciates it. Believe me, I cannot tell you enough how completely sincere he is. He really, really is thankful for your prayers.

--------------- Deacon Alan

Sunday, May 25, 2008


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Saturday, May 24, 2008



      (in front of Christ Church, Schenectady --- 9:20 a.m. -- 10:40 a.m., 5-24-08; Torre Bissell and Deacon Alan Hart.)

a-- indicates anointed with Holy Oil
t-- indicates received one of Torre's crosses

      (There was a general theme this morning of people seeking for forgiveness and a "second chance" through Christ, and also an affirmation of obvious gratitude from our guests that Christ Church's members have established this Prayer Table which for the neighborhood residents is a sign of stability, hope and peace which comes only from the Lord.)

      a,t,t -- LISA --- Came straight to our table from Swan Street as though she had pondered this visit ahead of time. She admitted she was a prostitute and a drug addict and said she wanted prayers "... because I don't want to live this kind of life anymore; I want to have a new life." We prayed for her to follow in Jesus' path; Torre assured her Jesus has forgiven her and washed her clean. Anointed her for protection. She is afraid of being harmed and doesn't want to live that way anymore. Also took a cross for her friend, who is also a prostitute.

      t-- ARTHUR -- Wanted to thank the Lord for his good health and asked the Lord to watch over his family. We prayed for his continued good health and protection for Arthur and his family.

      a,a,t,t -- JORHAN and RICHARD -- Two Guyanese men who also obviously had decided to visit our Table today after having seen us out there before. They walked directly to us from other side of State Street from the East. Jorhan was very curious about us ... why are we out here and how do we pray for others. Richard wanted prayers to get a job, Jorhan for continued good health. Richard then launched into a long dialogue about how happy he is to be here in America instead of Guyana, where he said there are "bullies" who terrorize the people there. He said it is common for men like this to come to your house, kick down the door and beat you, beat your wife and then take whatever money you have. They both wanted prayers for continued safety living in Schenectady. They thanked us for "being out here!"

      a,t -- SORROJMEE -- Pleasant woman who came to us because she has had pain in her eyes. She went to an eye doctor who dilated her pupils and gave her drops to take but says they are not working well and she doesn't see well out of her right eye. Anointed her for healing. She indicated she saw our Table before but was reluctant to come at first but decided to come today.

      a, t -- DANIEL --- He was a tough sell, but walked back and forth in front of our Table obviously very curious about why we were there, and he finally stopped when we asked him a fourth time! He wanted prayers "... to be successful" and also for travel mercies back and forth to New York City.

      a,t,t -- JAMES --- Wanted prayers for himself and his "future lady" with whom he indicated he has been intimate. Also wanted prayers that he will get a better job. Torre prayed and I for him and then talked with him about James' relationship with this "future lady," and it became obvious that James had come to the Table because he was feeling guilty about his intimacy with this woman outside of marriage. Torre urged James to either "fish or cut bait" and refrain from intimacy with this woman outside of marriage until such time as he marries her. James asked for God's intervention to help him with his sexuality and to do only what is right in the Lord's eyes. He took a cross for his lady as well.

      t--XAVIER --- A young boy walking by with his sisters was staring at our crosses, so we gave him one and asked God to bless him and let him learn to walk in His ways.

       GOSON --- Wanted to thank us for "being out here" on the street and praying for others in need. "People KNOW you are out here and it makes a difference. It really does!" he said. He was on his way to plant flowers at the YMCA and in Liberty Park in front of the Schenectady County Community College.

Note: After Prayer Table, I went to visit JIMMY (Larry's son who is very, very ill) at Ellis Hospital. Jimmy continues to need our prayers to help him face what he must face. He appreciates your prayers and continually asks me to let you all know how appreciative he is that Christ Church is praying for him. My ministry to Jimmy has been to try to assure him that Jesus is right with him through this dark time and is and will always be right in the room with him through whatever happens and will not drop him.
      The other Ellis "regulars" on my weekly list all had good days on Friday. LUANN (Myra's friend) was up and walking around the halls. RITA and BERNICE both went to their Catholic mass. ------------------ deacon alan

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