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Saturday, October 31, 2009

 

Update on Fr. Nigel, Saturday 10/31/09, 9:21 a.m.

Date: Sat, 31 Oct 2009 09:21am
From: Elizabeth Strickland
Subject: Update on Fr. Nigel
Saturday 10/31/09, 9:21 a.m.
      Today is similar to yesterday. Fr. Nigel is still critical but he continues to be stable. He is maintaining his breathing levels, which is a positive sign in itself. He continues to battle a pesky fever which goes up and down. Although there are not huge improvements, the fact that he is stable is a welcome answer to all of your prayers. This is going to be a long road and your prayers will be needed for an extended period of time, so although he may be moving ahead at what seems like a turtle’s pace, he is moving forward. Once again, this is all on God’s schedule rather than ours.
Please continue to pray for:
*      healing of his lungs so that he may be removed from the ventilator
*      all organs that they continue to function, especially his kidneys
*      elimination of his fever and whatever is causing his fever
      Please keep the doctors and nurses in your prayers. They are a very dedicated group in the ICU.
      As always, thanks be to God for your steadfast prayers, and praise be to God for the work that is being done.

Albany Intercessor

 

10/31/2009, #29, 4th Quarter 2009

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We and others are convinced that God is doing a larger work among us through the illness of Fr. Nigel Mumford. Therefore, I ask you to make Monday, November 2nd a day of prayer and fasting. Please fast from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Let us see what our God will do.
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Another parable he put forth to them, saying: "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field, which indeed is the least of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches." (Matthew 13:31-32)
      Jesus, thank you for the mustard seed improvements in Fr. Nigel that you have shown us. Thank you for planting the seed of faith in our hearts. Help this faith which you have planted in us grow so that others may find shelter in it. Thank you.

Another parable he spoke to them: "The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened." (Matthew 13:33)
      Father, continue to work your leaven through us so that we are all touched and brought to new life in you. Thank you for what you are doing in our lives through your Holy Spirit.

      A word received: Ask me for my strength.

Saturday: 55; Nehemiah 4:1-23; Revelation 7:(4-8 )9-17; Matthew 13:31-35
Sunday: 24, 29; Nehemiah 5:1-19; Acts 20:7-12; Luke 12:22-31

      Notes from the Front Line

***** The Christ Church Sunday School lesson for this coming Sunday has been posted on http://christchurchsundayschool.blogspot.com/.

***** Pray for the Men's Cursillo weekend which runs from Thursday, October 29th through Sunday, November 1st.

***** Date: Fri, 30 Oct 2009
From: Donna Steckline
Subject: Update on Kevin Steckline
Torre and all,
      Thank you so much for your faithful prayers. They were answered splendidly as always!! God is good...all the time! Kev had the surgery this morning and the Dr. said it went very well. He said he should lay low for 2-3 weeks which will be the hard part now! Please pray for patience for Kev! He has felt all your love and prayers, as have we at home. Thank you so much. God bless you all. FHS, Donna ~ Kevin ~ Christopher ~ Emily~

***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
Date: Fri, 30 Oct 2009
From: HUGH BOWMAN
Subject: Update on Linda
Dear prayer partners
      Thank you to everyone for their prayers and support for Linda. She is making fantastic progress although she still has a long way to go. Her balance is surprisingly good but she her vision is blurred and still has reduced function on the right hand side of her face. Although we believe that this will improve with exercise and physio. She is also extremely tired.
      Please would you pray for my brothers little girl, Teagan, who is just four. She has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer and has been on a course of chemo and radio therapy for the last six months. She has two more courses of chemo therapy to go and they will be finished in four weeks time. The doctors have said that if the cancer then returns that they will have to operate and this will mean that she loses her nose and one cheek bone. If it shows signs of having spread to other parts of her body then her chances of survival are slim. It's a challenging time for the whole family but we are trusting in God to work a miracle.
Adrian

      Thank you Adrian for this update we can now focus on what we need to pray for Linda.
      We pray that the peace of God will rest on Linda and draw all of you in to a deeper love, healing and rest in his loving arms.
      Please can we appeal to our Father to have compassion on Teagan for his miraculous and healing touch to completely heal this young child, let us unite our hearts in faith and when we all agree together, Jesus has told us when 2 or 3 agree together in his name he will do it. Father we give you thanks because you hear and answer our prayers. We cry out for your healing mercy
Thank you, Hugh

Albany Intercessor

Friday, October 30, 2009

 

Fr. Nigel update, 10/30/09, Friday afternoon, 3:27pm

Date: Fri, 30 Oct 2009 3:27pm
From: Elizabeth Strickland
Subject: Fr. Nigel update, 10/30/09, Friday afternoon, 3:27pm
      Fr. Nigel continues in critical condition, but your prayers are bringing tiny changes for the better. His breathing is a little better today and is more level, although he remains on the ventilator. His x-rays show that his lungs are starting to clear, but please persevere in praying for continued healing of them. Thanks to your prayers and God’s healing touch, his temperature has come down a little, but Lynn asks that you persevere in praying for an elimination of his fever and whatever is causing his fever. Please also persevere in praying that all of his organs, especially his kidneys, continue functioning.
      This marks the 20th day of Fr. Nigel’s time in the hospital and the 20th day of Lynn’s time in the hospital as well. Please continue to hold up Lynn in your prayers for protection and endurance, and for solid rest at night. May God bless you all for your persistent prayer.

Albany Intercessor

 

Fr. Nigel update 8:32 AM

Fr Nigel update 8:32 AM

10/30/09 Friday morning
Fr. Nigel continues to be in critical condition. He had a good night and is stable. He continues to battle a fever which goes up and down, so prayers for the fever will continue. He continues to have improvements on the scale of a mustard seed, so your prayers are so, so important.
Please pray for:
healing of his lungs so that he may be removed from the ventilator
all organs that they continue to function, especially his kidneys
elimination of his fever and whatever is causing his fever.
Come Holy Spirit, come now with more power.
Blessings to all of you for your prayers.

From: Elizabeth Strickland

Also "continue prayers for protection from sickness for Lynn. You can imagine how exhausted she is." From Fr. Haskell last night.

 

10/30/2009, #28, 4th Quarter 2009

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We and others are convinced that God is doing a larger work among us through the illness of Fr. Nigel Mumford. Therefore, I ask you to make Monday, November 2nd a day of prayer and fasting. Please fast from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Let us see what our God will do.
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      And it came to pass in the month of Nisan, in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when wine was before him, that I took the wine and gave it to the king. Now I had never been sad in his presence before. Therefore the king said to me, "Why is your face sad, since you are not sick? This is nothing but sorrow of heart."
      So I became dreadfully afraid, and said to the king, "May the king live forever! Why should my face not be sad, when the city, the place of my fathers' tombs, lies waste, and its gates are burned with fire?"
      Then the king said to me, "What do you request?"
      So I prayed to the God of heaven. And I said to the king, "If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor in your sight, I ask that you send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers' tombs, that I may rebuild it."
      Then the king said to me (the queen also sitting beside him), "How long will your journey be? And when will you return?" So it pleased the king to send me; and I set him a time.
      Furthermore I said to the king, "If it pleases the king, let letters be given to me for the governors of the region beyond the River, that they must permit me to pass through till I come to Judah, and a letter to Asaph the keeper of the king's forest, that he must give me timber to make beams for the gates of the citadel which pertains to the temple, for the city wall, and for the house that I will occupy." And the king granted them to me according to the good hand of my God upon me.
      Then I went to the governors in the region beyond the River, and gave them the king's letters. Now the king had sent captains of the army and horsemen with me. When Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite official heard of it, they were deeply disturbed that a man had come to seek the well-being of the children of Israel.
      So I came to Jerusalem and was there three days. Then I arose in the night, I and a few men with me; I told no one what my God had put in my heart to do at Jerusalem; nor was there any animal with me, except the one on which I rode. And I went out by night through the Valley Gate to the Serpent Well and the Refuse Gate, and viewed the walls of Jerusalem which were broken down and its gates which were burned with fire. Then I went on to the Fountain Gate and to the King's Pool, but there was no room for the animal under me to pass. So I went up in the night by the valley, and viewed the wall; then I turned back and entered by the Valley Gate, and so returned. And the officials did not know where I had gone or what I had done; I had not yet told the Jews, the priests, the nobles, the officials, or the others who did the work.
(Nehemiah 2:1-16)
      Holy Spirit, please give us a heart to survey the damage done to the Episcopal Church; help us recognize the damage for what it is.

Then I said to them, "You see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lies waste, and its gates are burned with fire. Come and let us build the wall of Jerusalem, that we may no longer be a reproach." (Nehemiah 2:17)
      Jesus, give us a heart to rebuild the Episcopal Church as we see the distress it is in. Help us rebuild its walls and gates so that every strange doctrine does not come in to it.

And I told them of the hand of my God which had been good upon me, and also of the king's words that he had spoken to me. So they said, "Let us rise up and build." Then they set their hands to this good work. (Nehemiah 2:18 )
      Father, help us share with one another all that you have done for us so that we may encourage each other in the good work you have set before us.

But when Sanballat the Horonite, Tobiah the Ammonite official, and Geshem the Arab heard of it, they laughed at us and despised us, and said, "What is this thing that you are doing? Will you rebel against the king?" (Nehemiah 2:19)
      Jesus, you endured the laughter and contempt of those who despised you as you carried out the great commission your father had given you. Help us persevere to the end in the great work you have given us. Guide Bishop Bill as he leads us in this diocese.

So I answered them, and said to them, "The God of heaven himself will prosper us; therefore we his servants will arise and build, but you have no heritage or right or memorial in Jerusalem." (Nehemiah 2:20)
      Holy Spirit, help us resist every effort or call to compromise the gospel; help us endure through to the end. Thank you.

      A word received: Look to me.

Friday: 40, 54; Nehemiah 2:1-20; Revelation 6:12-7:4; Matthew 13:24-30
Saturday: 55; Nehemiah 4:1-23; Revelation 7:(4-8 )9-17; Matthew 13:31-35

      Notes from the Front Line

***** I strongly recommend Repentance: The Joy Filled Life by M. Basilea Schlink. It is a classic of its kind and can be purchased as a used book from Amazon for under $5.

***** Pray for the Men's Cursillo weekend which runs from Thursday, October 29th through Sunday, November 1st.

Albany Intercessor

Thursday, October 29, 2009

 

Fr. Nigel update, Thu, 29 Oct 2009 5:10 pm

Date: Thu, 29 Oct 2009 5:10 pm
From: Elizabeth Strickland
Subject: Fr. Nigel update
10/29/09 Thursday evening
Fr. Nigel continues to be critical, but there are miniscule improvements. Your constant prayers are having an impact. Please keep praying to our Lord for Fr. Nigel's healing! These prayers may seem repetitious but this is what his needs are and as we all know, our healing is on God's time -- not our time.
Fr. Nigel continues to need prayer for:
+ all organs that they continue to function, especially his kidneys
+ elimination of his fever and whatever is causing his fever
+ healing of his lungs so that he may be removed from the ventilator
Please pray for protection from sickness for Lynn. You can imagine how exhausted she is. Prayer for a restful evening for both of them.
Thank you for your faithfulness.

 

Fr Nigel update 8:45 AM

Fr Nigel update 8:45 AM

10/29/09 Thursday AM
Through your prayers, Fr. Nigel has taken another “mustard seed” step. He continues to be critical so your prayers are as necessary as ever but the doctors are cautiously hopeful. Lynne is encouraged by your prayers, so keep them coming.
Please continue to pray for:
 all organs that they continue to function, especially his kidneys
 elimination of his fever and whatever is causing his fever
 healing of his lungs so that he may be removed from the ventilator
Our Lord hears all our prayers. May God heartily bless all you prayer warriors.

Beth Strickland
Deployment Officer
Diocese of Albany
518-692-3350 x504
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10/29/2009, #27, 4th Quarter 2009

"Therefore hear the parable of the sower:" (Matthew 13:18 )
      Holy Spirit, give us ears to hear.

"When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside." (Matthew 13:19)
      Holy Spirit, give us understanding so that we may endure.

"But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles." (Matthew 13:20-21)
      Holy Spirit, give us endurance and deep roots in Jesus and the Scriptures.

"Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful." (Matthew 13:22)
      Holy Spirit, give us your peace that passes all understanding.

"But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty." (Matthew 13:23)
      Father, help us bear the fruit of your Holy Spirit and lead productive, fruitful lives for your kingdom. Thank you.

Date: Wed, 28 Oct 2009 10:47
From: Rev. Ginny Ogden
Subject: A Word
Hi Torre,
      I was on retreat with my vestry this past Friday and Sat. The Lord gave us Psalm 30 to pray/cry out on Nigel's behalf. I have a deep sense that this word needs to be sent far and wide.
With Love in Christ, Ginny+

      Psalm 30
I will extol You, O Lord, for You have lifted me up,
      And have not let my foes rejoice over me.
O Lord my God, I cried out to You,
      And You healed me.
O Lord, You brought my soul up from the grave;
      You have kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.
Sing praise to the Lord, you saints of His,
      And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.
For His anger is but for a moment,
      His favor is for life;
      Weeping may endure for a night,
      But joy comes in the morning.
Now in my prosperity I said,
      "I shall never be moved."
Lord, by Your favor You have made my mountain stand strong;
      You hid Your face, and I was troubled.
I cried out to You, O Lord;
      And to the Lord I made supplication:
"What profit is there in my blood,
      When I go down to the pit?
      Will the dust praise You?
      Will it declare Your truth?
Hear, O Lord, and have mercy on me;
      Lord, be my helper!"
You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;
      You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness,
To the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent.
      O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.


      A word received: I AM with you -- you look to me for help.

Thursday: 50; Ezra 6:1-22; Revelation 5:11-6:11; Matthew 13:18-23
Friday: 40, 54; Nehemiah 2:1-20; Revelation 6:12-7:4; Matthew 13:24-30

      Notes from the Front Line

***** I strongly recommend Repentance: The Joy Filled Life by M. Basilea Schlink. It is a classic of its kind and can be purchased as a used book from Amazon for under $5.

***** Pray for the Men's Cursillo weekend which runs from Thursday, October 29th through Sunday, November 1st.

Date: Wed, 28 Oct 2009 4:54pm
From: Donna Steckline
Subject: prayers
Dear Torre, Could you please request prayers of protection and healing for the Men's Cursillo? Kev right now is flat out with back pain. We've yet to determine exactly the cause and he's suppose to leave for Cursillo tomorrow. Right now it doesn't look like he'll be able to without God's intervention. Please ask the prayer warriors to give the men the prayer coverage needed. Must be it's going to be yet another very powerful weekend! Thank you all! FHS, Donna


***** Date: Wed, 28 Oct 2009
From: me
Subject: Welcome Home Initiative Intercessors Update -- Wednesday, October 28, 2009
      To All Our Faithful Welcome Home Initiative Intercessors --
      The Sixth Welcome Home Initiative Healing Retreat for Combat Veterans has just come to its conclusion with joy and tears in a cathartic Closing Ceremony for our small band of heroes. Bishop Dave led the service with Noel delivering the homily. Despite a cold rain we had a fairly good attendance including a soldier newly returned from Iraq just the week before.
      Noel spoke to his own moderate combat trauma, manifested in the struggle to return to a family life which had developed its own dynamics during his multiple deployments as a British officer, saying, "It was necessary to adjust to a new normal after each deployment." This new normal included and encompassed a new growth in Christ. He encouraged us all to reach out to a new normal of giving of self in service to others as bridges of healing in the larger church and world around us.
      Testimony was given at the Closing by the young couple in our company -- who hailed from a small town in East Texas -- part of our Iraq veterans contingent. Sent by their home church community, they radiated joy and hope from very early in this WHI. Scouts from Troop 127 greeted the Warriors with a poem and the reading from the Psalms. A Color Guard made up by veterans from local area honored their brethren-in-arms with a presentation of the flag and the playing of taps at the conclusion of the service. As taps echoed into silence in the chapel, a bagpiper sounded from the back and emerged, playing "Amazing Grace" much as Fr. Nigel had always done. After the initial shock, the congregation softly joined the hymn and sang "Praise God" as the piper left the room. Fr. Nigel was never far from our hearts this whole retreat and was very present in that moment. Bishop Dave concluded with prayers for his healing and Bishop Bill Love closed the service with a blessing.
      Our hearts continue to go out in prayer for Fr. Nigel Mumford, whose condition remains critical but stable at Saratoga Hospital. For many this WHI it was like having the field commander go down and be taken to the rear, out of the immediate action. Despite worry and concern, the response by the Prayer Warriors at hand was to step forward and fill any gaps. Every aspect of this Welcome Home Initiative seemed to flow in Spirit-fired grace. Our Commander-in Chief -- Jesus Christ -- was very much in control.
      Thank you all so much for your prayers. This ministry for the healing of our Warriors relies heavily on your intercessory support.
Sister Mary Elizabeth, CSM
For the Oratory of Christ the Healer at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, Greenwich, NY 12834

Albany Intercessor

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

 

Fr. Nigel update, 10/28/09 4:00pm

Date: Wed, 28 Oct 2009 4:04 pm
From: Elizabeth Strickland
Subject: Fr. Nigel update, 10/28/09 4:00pm
Fr. Nigel’s condition continues to be critical, but we are beginning to see “mustard seeds” of healing. Through your prayers and our Lord’s Grace and healing touch, Fr. Nigel is being carried through this crisis. The Mumfords heartily thank you and ask you to please continue your powerful prayers for:
*      all organs that they continue to function
*      elimination of his fever and whatever is causing his fever
*      healing of his lungs so that he may be removed from the ventilator
Blessings to you all.
Beth Strickland
Deployment Officer
Diocese of Albany

 

Fr Nigel update 10:32 AM

Fr Nigel update 10:32 AM

10/28/09 Wednesday
Fr. Nigel Mumford continues in ICU in critical condition from the pneumonia. He is stable.
Please continue to pray for:
 all organs that they continue to function fully
 elimination of his fever and whatever is causing his fever
 complete healing of his lungs so that he may be removed from the ventilator
Please continue your prayers for Lynn and the family. Lynn is definitely strengthened by them.

Beth Strickland
Deployment Officer
Diocese of Albany
518-692-3350 x504

 

10/28/2009, #26, 4th Quarter 2009

And I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals. Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, "Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?" (Revelation 5:1-2)
      Father God, you know me as I am -- you know that I am unworthy -- that I am worthy only when I am covered by the blood of the Lamb.

And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it. So I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or to look at it. (Revelation 5:3-4)
      Holy Spirit, help us know our unworthiness and our need for Jesus. Please help us turn and return to him daily.

But one of the elders said to me, "Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals." (Revelation 5:5)
      Jesus, prevail in my heart and loose me from all that holds me bound up.

And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth. (Revelation 5:6)
      Blessed, blessed are you, who come in the name of the LORD.
      Sing hosanna!
      Sing hosanna!
      Sing alleluia!

Then he came and took the scroll out of the right hand of him who sat on the throne. Now when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. (Revelation 5:7-8 )
      Lord Jesus, Lamb of God, let our prayers for Nigel come before you.

And they sang a new song, saying:
      "You are worthy to take the scroll,
      And to open its seals;
      For you were slain,
      And have redeemed us to God by your blood
      Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,
      And have made us kings and priests to our God;
      And we shall reign on the earth."
(Revelation 5:9-10)
      Jesus, you have done for us what no one else is worthy to do.
      Father, thank you for making us to be a royal priesthood before you.
      Holy Spirit, thank you for giving us songs in the night to praise you.

      A word received: I love you.

Wednesday: 119:49-72; Ezra 6:1-22; Revelation 5:1-10; Matthew 13:10-17
Thursday: 50; Ezra 6:1-22; Revelation 5:11-6:11; Matthew 13:18-23

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Pray for the Welcome Home Initiative which has its closing today.

***** Pray for the Men's Cursillo weekend which runs from Thursday, October 29th through Sunday, November 1st.

***** Date: Tue, 27 Oct 2009
From: Sister Mary Elizabeth, CSM
Subject: Welcome Home Initiative Update -- Tuesday, October 27, 2009
To All Our Faithful Welcome Home Initiative Intercessors --
      Our second full day for this healing retreat is now complete. The morning sessions went well with lively discussion by the whole company on PTSD moderated by Noel who kept us focused on the soul aspects of combat trauma. In the afternoon the men assembled in the Oratory Chapel and the women in the downstairs conference area for the telling of stories and small group prayer. Soaking prayer was offered in the Chapel in the late afternoon for participants who wanted more prayer while other activities (I was giving golf cart tours of the SLC's backwoods) were also enjoyed until dinner. There were many bad jokes and much laughter in the evening before retiring, either to rest or to socializing in the King's Inn Great Room.
      Our last session of Healing Prayer will take place in the morning, with a debrief. Support these men and women at the Welcome Home Initiative Closing Ceremony in the morning -- gathering by 11 a.m. in Christ the King Chapel to thank them for the service they have offered to their country and on behalf of our freedom.
Sister Mary Elizabeth, CSM
For the Oratory of Christ the Healer at Christ the King Center in Greenwich, NY

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

 

Fr. Nigel update, 9:30 pm, 10/27/09

***** Date: Tue, 27 Oct 2009 9:13 pm
From: Robert F Haskell
Subject: Nigel Mumford 9 pm Tuesday 10/27
Dear prayer warriors-

Beth Strickland tells me that Nigel has improved enough during the day so that at 9pm on Tuesday, 10/27, his condition can be described as critical and stable. Other than that, he is about the same as he was this morning which, at this point, is good.

-Bob

10/27/09 Tuesday- 9:00 pm
“Fr. Nigel Mumford is in a critical and stable condition. He continues to battle a fever and we need special prayers today for his kidneys.
Please pray for:
*      all organs that they continue to function, especially his kidneys
*      elimination of his fever and whatever is causing his fever
*      his lung capacity to improve so that he may be removed from the ventilator
Please continue to pray for strength for Lynn and Megan as they sit at his bedside.
God bless you all for your continued prayers. I know that Lynn is strengthened by them.”

The Rev. Robert F Haskell
Canon to the Ordinary
Episcopal Diocese of Albany

***** Date: Tue, 27 Oct 2009 9:25 pm
From: Elizabeth Strickland
Subject: Fr. Nigel Mumford
10/27/09 Tuesday evening
Fr. Nigel Mumford’s condition is critical and he continues to be in the ICU. His condition is stable at this time.
Please continue to pray for:
*      all organs that they continue to function
*      elimination of his fever and whatever is causing his fever
*      healing of his lungs so that he may be removed from the ventilator
Pray for a restful night. Blessings to you all for your continued prayers.

Albany Intercessor

 

A fundamental question

      Look again at John 15 and what Jesus is teaching his disciples and us. A branch doesn't get attached to the vine on an on and off basis--it has to stay attached. When we fall away and sin we need to immediately turn back to Jesus, repent, ask for forgiveness and go back to living in Jesus. Notice that verse 7 is conditional. "If you abide in me and my words abide in you, ask what you will and it will be done for you." Only as we live in God's will and ask according to his will, will he answer our requests. This is like the statement in Psalm 37:4, "Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart." This is conditional too.
      How do we do this "abiding"/remaining, in Jesus' love? He loves us. We remain in Jesus' love and the Father's love by obeying him
      Jesus wants us to have his JOY. We can have his joy if we remain attached to Jesus and obey him. Part of that obedience is to love one another. That love is not sentimental or fragile. It is agape love, the kind of love Jesus has for us--love that does what is best for us. Jesus wants us to be his friends, "You are my friends if you do what I command you." Part of that obedience is to remain close to him.
      Jesus has chosen us to bear fruit but we have to keep on choosing to live in Jesus day by day so we can bear fruit for him.
      Have you fallen away from the vine in any way? Is there some way in which you need to repent in order for your prayers for Fr. Nigel to be answered?

Albany Intercessor

 

Fr Nigel update 10:28 AM 2009 10 27

Fr Nigel update 10:28 AM 2009 10 27
Fr. Nigel Mumford continues to be in critical condition. He continues to battle a fever and we need special prayers today for his kidneys.
Please pray for:
 all organs that they continue to function, especially his kidneys
 elimination of his fever and whatever is causing his fever
 his lung capacity to improve so that he may be removed from the ventilator
Please continue to pray for strength for Lynn and Megan as they sit at his bedside.
God bless you all for your continued prayers. I know that Lynn is strengthened by them.
(From Fr. Haskell &Beth Strickland)

 

10/27/2009, #25, 4th Quarter 2009

On the same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the sea. (Matthew 13:1)
      Holy Spirit, please help us follow Jesus wherever he goes.

And great multitudes were gathered together to him, so that he got into a boat and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. (Matthew 13:2)
      Father, we pray that multitudes will be gathered to hear Jesus in this diocese.

Then he spoke many things to them in parables, saying: "Behold, a sower went out to sow." (Matthew 13:3)
      Jesus, sow the seed of your word in our hearts.

"And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them." (Matthew 13:4)
      LORD, so much of our lives is consumed with trivial stuff. Don't let your word slip out of our lives as well.

"Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth." (Matthew 13:5)
      Holy Spirit, break up all those stony places in my heart and give me depth of good soil all across my heart.

"But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away." (Matthew 13:6)
      Lord Jesus, so much has withered away in my life; even now let me have good, deep soil for your word in my heart.

"And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them." (Matthew 13:7)
      Holy Spirit, come and clear out the thorns and briars in my life -- those things that choke the word you give me and keep it from maturing in my life.

"But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty." (Matthew 13:8 )
      Father, please help us to be a fruitful garden for you where others may be refreshed.

"He who has ears to hear, let him hear!" (Matthew 13:9)
      Holy Spirit, open my ears to your word. Thank you.

      Jesus, thank you for the fruitfulness of Fr. Nigel's life. Please heal him and let him continue to produce a crop for you. Thank you.

      A word received: Yield this to me.

Tuesday: 45; Ezra 5:1-17; Revelation 4:1-11; Matthew 13:1-9
Wednesday: 119:49-72; Ezra 6:1-22; Revelation 5:1-10; Matthew 13:10-17

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Pray for the Welcome Home Initiative which is going on right now.

***** Pray for the Men's Cursillo weekend which runs from Thursday, October 29th through Sunday, November 1st.

***** Date: Mon, 26 Oct 2009
From: me
Subject: Welcome Home Initiative Intercessors Update -- Monday, October 26, 2009
To all our Faithful Welcome Home Initiative Intercessors--
      Our sixth Welcome Home Initiative healing retreat for combat veterans began this morning with a company of nine Warriors and three wives -- with a good mix of new and returning Warriors who have served in several combat theaters. Our favorite WWII veteran is back for another "tour of duty," giving this WHI once again an age range from a young soldier in his mid-twenties to this veteran's 92 years.
      We gathered in the afternoon for a time of basic introductions and community building. In the evening Bishop Dave Bena gave a talk on the Experience of Combat Trauma, gently easing the veterans into the consequences that might come with unresolved PTSD. He said, "Combat trauma is a wound you cannot bandage." Our experience of trauma may be reflected in certain symptoms, but he reminded us that God not only deals with symptoms, he deals with the underlying disease.
      Bishop Dave shared the story of Fr. Nigel's trauma and then that of a war buddy whose internal battle took a violent turn. Then he quietly told his own story. The unfolding of the effects of his suppressed guilt and anger which were enmeshed in feelings about the role he played in war was slow -- "moderate" combat trauma as he described it -- but in the end he had to face those effects. "I needed," he said, "to deal with those things which stood in the way of my being a loving, caring human being." "It is amazing," he added, "that just a little sliver of our life -- just 13 months flying bombing missions over Vietnam -- can affect the whole trajectory of our lives."
      Tuesday is a crucial day in the Welcome Home Initiative. Keep Noel Dawes in your prayers in the morning as he presents on the clinical aspects of PTSD. In the afternoon the combat veterans and their wives will move into separate private sessions. The Warriors will have the chance to tell their stories with other Brothers-in-Arms and have the first round of prayer together. There are men present who are very new to the faith so keep them lifted. Pray also that the Holy Spirit will open hearts to the healing grace of Christ, and that Jesus might be truly present in this body of men and women who gather to pray for healing of combat trauma in His name.
      And join us Wednesday, October 26, at 11:00 a.m. in Christ the King Chapel for the Closing Ceremony for this Welcome Home Initiative. Come honor this band of Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines both for the sacrifices they have made on our behalf and for the courage they have shown in open their hearts to the healing grace of Jesus Christ in this WHI.
Sister Mary Elizabeth, CSM
      For the Oratory of Christ the Healer at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, Greenwich, NY.

***** Date: Mon, 26 Oct 2009
From: Shaw Mudge
Subject: Prayer mail, 26 October 09
Dear Friends in Prayer,
This is this week's public prayer mail.
Thanksgivings:
      1) That Hannah is recovering nicely from the flu. She went to theCDC regional statistics website for her area and figured that there was a 2,700:15 possibility that she had the swine flu.
      2) The prayer service that was held on Sunday evening was awesome. It was the first healing service at the Mission of Ascension, and the Holy Spirit touched the lives of everyone there in some way. Among the people we prayed for were Hap Carrier, Faye VanDermark, and Nigel Mumford. It was just awesome.
      3) That the courses that we are teaching continue to be a blessing to the students. We are hearing reports as far away as Belize that the Old Testament course is a blessing.
Prayer requests:
      1) Lydia's visa process. An attorney at our parish yesterday speculated that the way forward is the path that we are on, and that confirms what the sense that I have had when I pray. The current step is that Lydia' birth certificate be notarized in Hartford, Connecticut.
      2) For the courses, mentoring groups, and ministries that we are involved in. This coming Sunday is a Mudge Sunday at the Mission of Ascension: I celebrate the Holy Eucharist. Julie preaches. Lydia is on the healing prayer team. All in Spanish. It is All Saints Day.
      3) For the Priorities, Finances, and Ministries of the Mudge family, Saints Augustin Seminary, and the Diocese of Peru.
      4) For health, for those needing healing prayer, including: Hannah, Nigel, Faye, Hap, John, Dave, Sonia, Juan, Bp. Godfrey, Raquel, Celia, Luis, and the others on our hearts and minds.
I pray for you daily. Thank you for praying for us.
God bless you. In Christ, Shaw, and on behalf of Julie and Lydia
Lima, Peru

Albany Intercessor

Monday, October 26, 2009

 

Fr. Nigel update, 5:24 pm

Date: Mon, 26 Oct 2009 5:24 pm
From: Elizabeth Strickland
Subject: Update on Fr. Nigel
Hi Torre,
There has been no change so there is no reason to change the posting. We are changing the time so that people know that that is the latest info.
Thank you for getting the word out.
Blessings to you both. Beth

 

Fr Nigel update

Fr Nigel 2009 10 26
Fr. Nigel continues in ICCU in critical condition. His fever is elevated again.
Please pray for:
 all organs that they continue to function
 expeditious healing of his lungs
 elimination of his fever
 his condition to improve so that he may be removed from the ventilator

Please continue to uphold Lynne, his wife, Megan, his daughter, and the rest of his family in your prayers.
Thank you and God bless you for all your prayers.


Please remember, no visitors.

 

10/26/2009, #24, 4th Quarter 2009

Then the Angel of the Lord answered and said, "O Lord of hosts, how long will you not have mercy on Jerusalem and on the cities of Judah, against which you were angry these seventy years?" (Zechariah 1:12)
      O LORD of hosts, how long will you not have mercy on your church and your people? How long will you be angry with us?

And the Lord answered the angel who talked to me, with good and comforting words. (Zechariah 1:13)
      Holy Spirit, help us hear your good and comforting words.

So the angel who spoke with me said to me, "Proclaim, saying, 'Thus says the Lord of hosts: "I am zealous for Jerusalem and for Zion with great zeal." (Zechariah 1:14)
      Jesus, give us a zeal for what you are zealous for.

"I am exceedingly angry with the nations at ease; for I was a little angry, and they helped--but with evil intent." (Zechariah 1:15)
      Father, have mercy on us: as you did with Joseph, turn whatever was meant for evil to our good. (See Genesis 50:20)

"'Therefore thus says the Lord: "I am returning to jerusalem with mercy; my house shall be built in it," says the Lord of hosts, "and a surveyor's line shall be stretched out over Jerusalem."'" (Zechariah 1:16)
      Jesus, return to us with your mercy. We know that your church is out of alignment with the plumb line of your word; show us our part in correcting that.

"Again proclaim, saying, 'Thus says the lord of hosts: "my cities shall again spread out through prosperity; the Lord will again comfort Zion, and will again choose Jerusalem."'" (Zechariah 1:17)
      LORD, we long for the day of your comfort. Comfort Fr. Nigel and his family and friends; bring your comfort to all who are praying for him and for this diocese. Thank you.

      A word received: Keep looking to me.

Monday: 41,52; Zech. 1:7-17; Revelation 1:4-20; Matthew 12:43-50
Tuesday: 45; Ezra 5:1-17; Revelation 4:1-11; Matthew 13:1-9

      Notes from the Front Line

Date: Sat, 24 Oct 2009
From: Shaw Mudge
Subject: a special prayer request
Dear Friends in Prayer,
Peace be with you.
      Our daughter Hannah is in the midst of recovering from the flu this week, and would like your prayers.
God bless you, and Thank you very much.
In Christ, Shaw
Lima, Peru

***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
From: Alan Higgins
Subject: Prayer request
Date: Saturday, 24 October, 2009, 11:25 AM
Got the following email from Elizabeth & Patricia Sides.
      Dad is very weak now. Gone down a lot in the past week. Could go any day now by the sounds of it. Please just pray for a peaceful release. Many thanks for all your support.
      Please can we unite our hearts in prayer that the Father would gently and peacefully take him home and that the Sides family would experience the comfort and healing love of Jesus in this separation from their Dad.

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, October 25, 2009

 

Fr. Nigel Update, Sun, 25 Oct 2009 5:30 pm

Date: Sun, 25 Oct 2009 5:30 pm
From: Elizabeth Strickland
Subject: Fr. Nigel Update
Hi Torre and Bob,
Fr. Nigel is still listed as critical but stable. His fever has dropped to low grade.
Please pray for:
      **all organs that they continue to function, especially his kidneys
      **expeditious healing of his lungs
      **elimination of his fever
Please continue to pray for Lynne, his wife, Megan, his daughter, and the rest of his family.
Thank you and God bless you for all your prayers.
Beth
Beth Strickland
Deployment Officer
Diocese of Albany

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Sat, 24 Oct 2009
From: Deacon Mary Carol Hart
Subject: vision from Mary Carol
      A few days ago I received a vision of angels with flaming swords encircling Nigel. I take comfort from this vision and trust in God's will. Amen.

* Date: Sat, 24 Oct 2009
From: Monica Yost
Torre,
      I was telling someone about Nigel and googled him to find the Guidepost article written last year. http://www.guideposts.com/story/healers-journey

One paragraph stands out:
      Nigel gave up his business and comfortable home and began what he calls "a semi-monastic life" at a vacant church retreat house that has now become the Oratory of the Little Way. Some words he'd read in the bible now held great meaning for him: "The prayer of faith will save the sick..."
We definitely need to continue our prayers of faith - "The prayer uttered in faith will reclaim the one who is ill, and the Lord will "raise him up" (restore him to health). James 5:15.
      (Someone may have already quoted this passage in a previous message, I don't remember.)
Monica

***** Date: Sun, 25 Oct 2009
From: Patricia Dague
Subject: Nigel+
Dear Torre and Jean,
      Today at our service at Church of the Holy Trinity, Syracuse, we had a time of prayer for Nigel+. Afterwards, a woman came up to me to say that one night during this past week, she woke up with a severe cough and choking sensation. She immediately prayed for the Lord to heal her and it was relieved. She then thought of Nigel+, whom she had never met, but knew about him and his healing ministry, and began to pray for him. Following that, her sense was that the Lord was going to do something very powerful because of what he is going through-she has no idea what that might be, but the Lord is going to use it for His glory.
      I just wanted to add this to the growing body of testimonies that I already see coming forth.
Pat Dague

***** Date: Sun, 25 Oct 2009
From: Liz Forman
Subject: Father Nigel
Dear Torre,
      I have been in and around the Christian Healing ministry since I was a little girl, and I don't believe I have ever seen anything like this......and I agree with Melissa Scoggins comment on your blog. I think the Lord is working through Nigel right now, and His power is being manifested in many ways. What the Lord gave me (also in a very powerful way!) was this scripture. He highlighted the opening and closing verses to me, so I have highlighted them here.....
      Nigel always speaks of the power of God and having "Holy Boldness" when we approach him. I believe that the thousands of us are the "cloud of witnesses" now....and the Lord is doing amazing, remarkable things in all of this. He WILL heal Nigel. His will for us is that we be healed, and we claim that. We have faith. We believe. We will run this race with Nigel with perseverance.
Blessings, Liz Forman, Richmond, VA
Hebrews 11-12:1 (New International Version)
Hebrews 11
1Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. 2This is what the ancients were commended for. 3By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. 4By faith Abel offered God a better sacrifice than Cain did. By faith he was commended as a righteous man, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith he still speaks, even though he is dead. 5By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death; he could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. 6And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. 7By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith. 8By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. 9By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. 10For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God. 11By faith Abraham, even though he was past age--and Sarah herself was barren--was enabled to become a father because he[a]considered him faithful who had made the promise. 12And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore. 13All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth. 14People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. 15If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. 16Instead, they were longing for a better country--a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them. 17By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had received the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, 18even though God had said to him, "It is through Isaac that your offspring[b] will be reckoned."[c] 19Abraham reasoned that God could raise the dead, and figuratively speaking, he did receive Isaac back from death. 20By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in regard to their future. 21By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of Joseph's sons, and worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff. 22By faith Joseph, when his end was near, spoke about the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and gave instructions about his bones. 23By faith Moses' parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king's edict. 24By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh's daughter. 25He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time. 26He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. 27By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king's anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible. 28By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel. 29By faith the people passed through the Red Sea[d] as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned. 30By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the people had marched around them for seven days. 31By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.[e] 32And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel and the prophets, 33who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, 34quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. 35Women received back their dead, raised to life again. Others were tortured and refused to be released, so that they might gain a better resurrection. 36Some faced jeers and flogging, while still others were chained and put in prison. 37They were stoned[f]; they were sawed in two; they were put to death by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated-- 38the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground. 39These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised. 40God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.
Hebrews 12
1Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.

***** Date: Sun, 25 Oct 2009
From: Shaw Mudge
Subject: Healing service today, 25 October
Dear Friends in Prayer,
Peace be with you.
      We are having a monthly healing service this evening at the Mission of Ascension, praying for people who are ill. It is a new ministry for the mission. I have added Nigel Mumford to our list of people we will be praying for.
The service begins at 6 pm, Chicago time.
God bless you. In Christ, Shaw
Lima, Peru

Albany Intercessor

 

Notes from the Front Line 10-25-2009, A word received

Notes from the Front Line 10-25-2009

A word received by a member of Christ Church Schenectady as the congregation was praying for Fr. Nigel this morning: What if Nigel's life depended only on your prayers and no one else's? That is how I want you to pray.

Albany Intercessor

 

Nigel update, 9:35 PM Saturday

Date: Sat, 24 Oct 2009 9:35 PM
From: Robert F Haskell
Subject: Nigel
Dear Prayer Warriors-
Fr. Nigel’s status continues to be critical. At this time the family asks for prayers for the fever to drop and for his lungs to clear. Pray also for the infection which is causing the fever to disappear. Please do not visit Fr. Nigel in the hospital, but please do pray continuously for his healing.
-Bob
The Rev. Robert F Haskell
Canon to the Ordinary
Episcopal Diocese of Albany

Saturday, October 24, 2009

 

Notes from the Front Line

      Notes from the Front Line

A comment in an email:

***** Date: Fri, 23 Oct 2009
From: Lucille Wheater
Subject: change prayer time
Torre I had taken the 11p to 12 a slight. I'd like to change to 8-9p. The last 2 nights I've fell asleep during the 1 hr span and feel I'm not doing justice to the prayer commitment. Thank you. Lucille Wheater

[Note from Torre: I am no longer trying to track specific times -- it got overwhelming. There are over 1,000 people praying daily and all hours of the day and night. I am awed by the outpouring of prayer for Nigel and his family and ministry. Don't worry about falling asleep -- I do that regulary. Then I wake up and start praying again.]

Some comments on blogs:

***** Kelly in SC Says:
October 24, 2009 at 4:06 pm | Reply edit
      Yesterday I was thinking about the passage in Daniel where the angel, Michael, was delayed for three weeks because he was involved in another ferocious battle against the rulers of Persia (I think!).
      So, I was wondering if in Nigel’s case, the angels are also delayed. I started to pray that if this is what is happening, then the Lord would give those warrior angels victory in the battles they are currently fighting so they can be released and come fight for Nigel.
      I prayed from 11:39 to 12:09 last night. I felt tension, then peace. I got plenty of sleep, but today it is harder to pray and to concentrate. I wonder if anyone is experiencing anything similar.
      It’s been a privilege to pray with you all.

***** Cath Says:
October 24, 2009 at 2:17 pm
      Thank you Jesus, thank you Jesus, thank you Jesus...

***** Joan wilson Says:
October 24, 2009 at 3:42 pm
Heavenly Father
hear the multitudes. Bring Nigel to complete health removing every cell every organism that us not of you. Restore him and increase in him the gifts you have given him so he may continue bringing the love of Jesus to your lost and broken peopl. I thank you God for hearing this prayer. I pray this is your will. In Your Sons mist holy name. Amen

***** Intercessors for Nigel
October 24, 2009
Philippians 1:27-28
      Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in one spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the gospel without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved—and that by God.

Ephesians 3:16-21
      I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
      Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

O Father,
      Out of Your glorious riches, strengthen the intercessors for Nigel with power through Your Spirit in their inner being so that Christ may dwell in their hearts by faith. May they conduct themselves in a manner worthy of the good news of Christ and stand firm in one spirit.
      Root and establish the intercessors for Nigel in love. May the sounds of their prayers bring the width and length and height and depth of Christ to Nigel that he may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
      Oh, that their actions and prayers would be a sweet fragrance in the throne room of heaven and a sign of perdition to the adversary!
      You are able to do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine. According to Your power that is at work within us, to You be the glory of our prayers, Father, for ever and ever. Amen.

***** Joan wilson Says:
October 23, 2009 at 10:34 pm | Reply edit
Heavenly Father
      Hear the plea of your people. Bring our dear friend and your humble servant Nigel out of the darkness of this illness. Breathe into him Your spirit replacing all that is not of You with fresh flowing heavenly air that is of You. May he be guarded by Your angels this night bringing him to a new light of day. Be with Lynn, Megan and all of Nigel’s family as they stand firm on their faith that You are the great healer and will redeem this storm they are in the midst of. Lord your servants are praying hard. Hear them. In Jesus most holy name. Amen

Praying in South Carolina Says:
October 24, 2009 at 12:41 am | Reply edit
      This morning I was awakened at 6 to pray. I decided to do it outside to watch the sunrise. The sky was riddled with thick, smokey gray clouds–and yet, the sun still came up, brilliant, casting its golden yellow light everywhere. Black ravens scattered as I walked near them, but the Great Blue Heron, which usually flies away from me as I get even within thirty feet, remained at ease as I passed just inches away from it. This has never happened to me before.
      We had four rain storms today. Following each one the sun shined brilliantly again, with not even a hint of rain in the air. A few vultures flew around me as I prayed for Nigel, but they too, left. White herons and egrets then flew in, as well as a few doves as I continued to pray. And I saw several swarms of yellow butterflies all day, too.
      As I witnessed these things today, I thought about all the comments written here because in the sky I saw the themes of recurring darkness and light, as you would see in a battle with two (almost) equal adversaries wrestling with each other, each gaining the upper hand momentarily. And in the animals, I saw death but then life, and then ultimately resurrection in the form of the butterflies.
      These events/signs reminded that among the many things Christians are, we are warriors. I forget this so often, but since nature itself reminded me that we are indeed engaged in a vicious battle, it seemed right to make a humble but bold declaration of war against the enemy today. Through the Holy Spirit we do have all authority over the evil one and his purposes.
      But I do pray for you all who are also praying for Nigel. I pray that as you continue to do battle, you will be protected from fatigue, discouragement, and fear, and that you will be strengthened and encouraged as you fight against all the powers of darkness for Nigel’s precious life.
      In your Name, Jesus. Amen.
Kelly N.

Some comments in emails

***** Date: Sat, 24 Oct 2009
From: Elizabeth Allen
Subject: Nigel is "Cared for and Carried" by the Lord Jesus
Torre,
As I was praying for Nigel and Lynn this morning, I had a very peaceful and distinct feeling that the Lord cares deeply for them and is carrying them through:
Cared for and Carried

I have cared for you since you were born.
Yes, I carried you before you were born.
I will be your God throughout your lifetime –
until your hair is white with age.
I made you, and I will care for you.
I will carry you along and save you.

I will feed my flock like a shepherd.
I will carry the lambs in My arms,
holding them close to My heart.
I will gently lead the mother sheep
with their young.

I will surround you and watch over you;
I will guard you as I would guard My own eyes.
Like an eagle that rouses her chicks
and hovers over her young,
so I will spread My wings to take you up
and carry you safely on My pinions.
I, the Lord, alone guide you.

I, the eternal God, am your refuge,
and My everlasting arms are under you.


Adapted from Isaiah 46:3-4 & 40:11, and Deuteronomy 32: 10-13 & 33:27 (NLT)

To Lynn, Nigel, and all of your loved ones,

with prayers that the Lord will tenderly care for you and carry you all,

Elizabeth Allen October 24, 2009
May we continue to remember and give thanks that Jesus' everlasting arms are under Nigel and Lynn, holding them up.
In the fearless peace of the Lord,
Elizabeth Allen

***** Date: Sat, 24 Oct 2009
From: Melissa Scoggins
Subject: Prayer for Father Nigel
Torre,
      I wanted to tell you about an experience I just had praying for Nigel. I was telling God I was worried about Nigel and a bit peeved (I'm pretty transparent before my Lord) and frankly just wanted Him to GET ON with healing my brother Nigel. And I said I felt a bit like giving up...at which point I heard this voice inside my head say, "DON'T YOU DARE! Never give up on God, all things are possible with God, God acts when and how God chooses. BUT YOU BELIEVE AND PRAY." Well, all right then. My attitude changed immediately to one of trust and I began praying again -- I believe, help my unbelief. And I said, "God, Nigel's body is wounded but his spirit is perfect and saved and whole -- so please make his body like his spirit, whole and healthy and able to work for You." What was really interesting about this was that I didn't feel it was God chastising me -- but NIGEL, talking to me spirit-to-spirit. I really felt Nigel encouraging me to persevere for him -- or rather, to persevere for God. I've never experienced anything like this.
      Melissa Scoggins
      Weaverville NC

***** Date: Sat, 24 Oct 2009
From: Florence Duheme
Subject: RE: Fr. Nigel update
Torre & Jean,

      While praying a few minutes ago the idea of Christ Church community prayer meeting for Nigel came to mind and stuck. What I mean is a gathering set aside purely for prayers for Nigel as Christ Church community and those who can't attend could pray at same time as group from wherever they are.

      It has been mentioned before to pray and fast but also strong sense that we must look within ourselves, "clean house" so to speak, so the evil one has less to throw in our face in an effort to weaken our prayer resolve and discourage us, leaving nothing to take away the power of our prayers.

      We MUST not stop praying for Nigel when he begins to recover. From a nursing standpoint and personal history, it is not unusual for pneumonia to lie relatively dormant and relapse is not infrequent. My first pneumonia with sepsis three years ago nearly killed me and quickly. It took six months for my chest x-ray to clear and I had a relapse. Vigilance is required for all involved including prayer warriors.

God Bless, Flo

***** Date: Sat, 24 Oct 2009
From: Cathy Haig
      Thankyou so much Torre and Jean for keeping us posted about Fr. Nigel. He is very dear to us. We have many friends as well as 60 nuns from our community praying for him.
      Also, the 9 homeschool kids that we brought to CTK last may, have gathered several times to pray for him. Fr. Nigel kindly took the time to meet with them and it was the highlight of their visit - even more than the zip line!!
      (I am continuing to do the 3:30 - 4 am prayer shift but much more than that as well.)
God bless you all, Cathy and Fr. Dave Haig
Cape Cod Mass.

***** Date: Sat, 24 Oct 2009
From: Seel, Mary
Dear Torre,
      Thanks for sending these frequent updates. I am forwarding them out to others who are praying too. Fr. Nigel is never far from my thoughts and prayers through the day and night. I am reminded of Jairus's daughter. We need to keep praying.
Mary Seel

***** Date: Sat, 24 Oct 2009
Subject: Fr Nigel
      While praying, I keep getting that while prayer is going on, God is speaking to Nigel's soul, showing him things and strengthning his spirit, I believe this will eventually bring great glory to God and is why the enemy is trying to stop it. Keep praying. Carol Yezzo

Albany Intercessor

 

Prayer Table Report

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report October 24, 9:20-10:30 AM Torre Bissell and Don Foust
+--indicates received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.

      The torrents of rain let up between 9 and 11 am on Saturday so that the Prayer Table experienced only spotty showers. While the weather was damp and grey, people stopping by were smiling and enthusiastic that the Prayer Table was available for them. Even cars passing by would sound their horns in encouragement.

      The Prayer Table has become a regular stop for a number of folks in the Neighborhood, and we have added their names to the bottom of the Prayer Table Report.

Tony--This is the third consecutive week Tony stopped by the Prayer Table. Tony is 26 years old and from Guyana. He is struggling to resist the "negative" side of the Neighborhood. He knows the difference between right and wrong and trying to avoid those doing evil. He is paying a price for his attitude; young men in the Neighborhood try to start fights with him because he will not join them. He has a hard time forgiving those who do not see life as he does. Tony describes the Prayer Table as a "welcome site" on his journey on State Street. We prayed that the Lord would meet his needs this week. Please pray for Tony and his daily struggle to keep on the right path.

+Tamara-- teen-age girl. Prayed for protection for her family.

Jim--regular--Jim thanked the Lord for his home. We thanked God for Jim's heart of thanksgiving and prayed for continuing healing of his memories.

+Joe--On his way to the bus. We prayed for blessings on his family.

+Youseff -- This is the second week in a row that Youseff stopped by the Prayer Table. Youseff was wearing his cross from last week. He walked out of his apartment and came directly to the Prayer Table. Youseff said that the Prayer Table is a blessing in his life. We prayed for his wife Erica and his son Youseff, Jr. He took a cross to give to a friend and spread the Word of God. We also gave Youseff a Bible. We thank God for Youseff's zeal.

Will--This was also the second consecutive week that Will has stopped for prayer. Will attended Adult Sunday School at Christ Church last week. He is an intense young man and is seeking a stronger relationship with God. We prayed for another week full of blessings.

+Cesar--Cesar has also stopped by the Prayer Table previously. We prayed for his sister Linda in Birmingham, Alabama who just had surgery. Cesar also came directly from his home to the Prayer Table. He is learning to give his problems over to the Lord. Please pray for a continuing faith for Cesar.

+Sarah--This young woman was very cautious as she approached the Prayer Table. We prayed for provision and protection. This was clearly not what she expected. As she crossed State Street, she put on her new wooden cross.

Man riding by on a bicycle-- "God bless you"

+Brother Steve--handing out flyers for a program on October 31 at the Seventh Day Adventist Church on Swan Street. We prayed for his witness to the Neighborhood.

+Bobbie--This middle-aged man walked by the Prayer Table on the opposite side of the street. We called out to him, but he kept walking. Then a minute later he suddenly stopped, crossed the street, and came for prayer. We prayed for blessings on his life and that he would turn to God when he was seeking answers to his questions.

Prayer Table Regulars

Kayla-- Pray for healing in her life after being raped. Pray for her mother Laura, her son Nassir, her brother Josh, and Josh's son Deanthony.

Jim--Pray for healing in his life from abusive parents and for his personal peace after the death of his 31 year old son Robert.

Bill--Pray for his health and no more epileptic seizures.

Lucinada and Eddiberto--Pray for protection for their family

Paulette and her children Monique and Taishawn--Pray for provision for this family

Clarence--Pray for direction as he seeks to change his life.

Linda--Pray for her family in Guyana

Albany Intercessor

 

Fr. Nigel update 11:37 am

Fr. Nigel- Update from Fr. Haskell
      11:37 AM, Oct. 24, 2009
      Nigel's fever came up again some during this morning.
      Still critical and fragile, KEEP PRAYING.
      Lynn Mumford has asked prayer that the fever would go down and that Nigel's lungs would clear.
      Lynn also remember the passage where Jesus healed Peter's mother-in-law and she was able to immediately serve them: "Now when Jesus had come into Peter's house, he saw his wife's mother lying sick with a fever. So he touched her hand, and the fever left her. And she arose and served them. When evening had come, they brought to him many who were demon-possessed. And he cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: 'He himself took our infirmities And bore our sicknesses.'" (Matthew 8:14-17)
      Jesus, we pray that you will touch Nigel and raise him to serve you once again.

Albany Intercessor

 

Fr. Nigel update

Fr. Nigel- Update from Fr. Haskell
9:20 AM, Oct. 24, 2009
Update from Bp. Bill's visit to Nigel this morning.
Nigel's fever came down some during the night (but still has a fever).
His oxygen level went up some during night.
Still critical and fragile BUT be encouraged and KEEP PRAYING.

 

Fr. Nigel Update

Date: Fri, 23 Oct 2009
From: Robert F Haskell
Subject: Nigel Mumford
Dear Prayer Warriors-
      As of 10 pm on Friday, our brother Nigel’s condition has been described as critical and fragile. On the good side, his blood oxygen levels have come up this evening. However, he has also developed a fever. Please pray that the fever go down and that he be filled with health by the power of our Lord Jesus.
-Bob

 

10/23/2009, #23, 4th Quarter 2009

Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, to Philemon our beloved friend and fellow laborer, (Philemon 1)
      Jesus, thank you for Paul's apostolic witness; help us heed what you are saying through him. Thank you for the witness of Bishop Bill, Bishop Ball, Bishop Dave, and retired Bishop Dan.

to the beloved Apphia, Archippus our fellow soldier, and to the church in your house: (Philemon 2)
      Father, thank you for all your faithful witnesses and for those who serve you at great cost. Bless the Welcome Home Initiative retreat this week. Pour out your Holy Spirit and healing on all who participate.

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (Philemon 3)
      Holy Spirit, please help us receive the peace that comes from God our father and our Lord Jesus Christ.

I thank my God, making mention of you always in my prayers, (Philemon 4)
      Holy Spirit, please give us steadiness in our prayers. Help us keep our commitments to pray for others. Bless those who are praying for Fr. Nigel.

hearing of your love and faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus and toward all the saints, (Philemon 5)
      Jesus, please help us daily live out our love for one another and for all your saints.

that the sharing of your faith may become effective by the acknowledgment of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus. (Philemon 6)
      Father, please help us daily live out and share our faith in Jesus. Thank you.

For we have great joy and consolation in your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed by you, brother. (Philemon 7)
      Holy Spirit, help us refresh one another with our love of Jesus. Let our joy in him overflow in love for all the saints. Thank you.

      A word received: Bless me, bless my work.

Saturday: 30, 32; Ezra 4:7,11-24; Philemon 1-25; Matthew 12:33-42
Sunday: 63:1-8(9-11),98; Haggai 1:1-2:9; Acts 18:24-19:7; Luke 10:25-37

      Notes from the Front Line

Date: Fri, 23 Oct 2009
From: Robert F Haskell
Subject: Nigel Mumford
Dear Prayer Warriors-
      As of 10 pm on Friday, our brother Nigel’s condition has been described as critical and fragile. On the good side, his blood oxygen levels have come up this evening. However, he has also developed a fever. Please pray that the fever go down and that he be filled with health by the power of our Lord Jesus.
-Bob

***** Date: Fri, 23 Oct 2009
From: Bill and Sally Ireland
      Hello Torre and Jean, Sally and I have been praying from when news broke about Fr. Nigel. We began fasting when we got this E-mail at 5pm our time today and we are aiming to do 20 hours until 1pm tomorrow, please let us know if we can cover any empty slots during your night time rest as we are unsure of the time difference.
Love and God bless, Sally & Bill.
      Heavenly Father, Please send the healing power of your Holy Spirit to rain down upon Fr. Nigel. Amen.

***** Date: Fri, 23 Oct 2009
From: Michael Hales
Hello Torre,
      This morning in prayer the Lord gave me there would be 7 days of completion of Father Nigel's attack. That on the 6th day the enemy would powerfully counter attack. I had two forms of confirmation during the day, one of which was Psalm 12:6.
      I believe God is calling us to a time of declaration over Nigel that God is in control, that God's purpose for Nigel here on earth will be completed, that every day the enemy comes against Nigel the Lord is purifying His anointing in Nigel and will turn instead what the enemy intends to steal to a powerful victory for the Lord.
      The anointing on Nigel will continue to grow as a testimony for the living Christ. It will spark a new fire of the Holy Spirit in this area.
      I do not know when the oxygen tent was started but I believe that would be the beginning of this season.
      So I just call on a state of declaration that Jesus came to turn back the intentions of the enemy as He declared in Luke 4:18, and we are called to do so as well.
      This is a time of declaration of the nature of our Living Christ as His sons and daughters on earth. Now.
      Blessings. Michael Hales.

***** Date: Thu, 22 Oct 2009
From: Jeanne Gizara
Subject: Mudge Scripture Prayer
      Trust in the Lord and do good;
      Dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
      Delight yourself in the Lord
      And He will give you the desires of your heart.
      Commit your way to the Lord;
      Trust in him and he will do this:
      He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn,
      The justice of your cause like the noonday sun.
(Psalm 37:3-6)
      Lord, we thank You for all the blessings of the Mudge family. Thank You that they are enjoying their ministries in Lima, Peru. Thank you for Mother Julie's birthday and for Lydia's new ministry, helping with an after-school program at a mission. We know that the Mudges trust in You, and delight in You. Continue to give then safe pasture in Peru. Lord, we ask for some help with Lydia's visa process. Give Father Shaw and Mother Julie and Lydia a sense of peace that the visa process is in your hands and that all the paper work and hassle will be finished soon. May the righteousness of this very special family continue to shine like the dawn and may they continue to have success in all their undertakings. Amen.
http://mudgeperureport.blogspot.com/

***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
Date: Fri, 23 Oct 2009
From: HUGH BOWMAN
Hi Hugh,

      Please see below 2 emails which I've received about Stanley Hall from his daughter Tracey and part of an email from Elizabeth & Patricia Sides about their dad. Perhaps you could send this out to the prayer chain.
Thanks, Alan
      Op went well. They were able to do it with keyhole surgery !! He still has an epidural in his back so the pain is under control at the minute - day 4 due to be the worst when they take it out ! He was a bit groggy in recovery on Tue night - delirious in fact - thought he had just won the Ryder cup !! He still isn't able to stand without fainting but that should improve today. Much thanks for all your prayers, Tracey Hall

      Would be very grateful if you could keep this issue in prayer as Dad is getting weaker each day; we have been told to get down every weekend now/take time off if possible. See you when we see you, God Bless, E and P

      Please remember all those whose jobs are threatened or are facing redundancy/job loss remember especially the families of 2 men who committed suicide please rescue & save & give a future & a hope to all

      Please pray for Stephen whose wife died suddenly in her early 40s. May God comfort him

      Please remember Philippa who is having chemotherapy for cancer, & her siblings & family. Give her peace & hope

Thank you

From our web site- Please pray for me and my wife. We are going through a tough time at the moment and would appreciate your prayers. Stephen.

Psalm 42 v 7 & 8 Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me. By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me - a prayer to the God of my life. Father we pray for your continuing presence of all that we have lifted before your throne of Grace and ask that the power of the Holy Spirit will renew, refresh and heal them with your miraculous and healing power.

Many thanks Hugh



Albany Intercessor

Friday, October 23, 2009

 

10/23/2009, #23, 4th Quarter 2009

      Notes from the Front Line

[I thought I should share some of the flood of emails and comments on the blog that have come in about Nigel with you, starting with the one from his parents just below. Torre]

Date: Fri, 23 Oct 2009
From: David and Jean Mumford
      Nigel's parents, David and Jean are so grateful for all the dedicated and devoted prayer for Nigel at this time. We so value your love and care.

Date: Fri, 23 Oct 2009
From: Jim Tarullo
      LORD SOAK FATHER NIGEL WITH YOUR HEALING POWER, MAY HE HERE YOUR WORDS OF HEALING AND FEEL THE WARMRTH OF YOUR HEALING TOUCH, HEAL THYSELF, HEAL THYSELF, COME HOLY SPIRIT COME!!!

From: Rev. Neal P. Longe
Date: Fri, Oct 23, 2009 at 6:55 AM
      I don’t have time email all the details. Something beyond awesome has happened this past week and it’s all flowed out of Nigel’s sickness. There’s a powerful river of healing flowing from Nigel, even though he is seriously ill.
-Neal

Date: Fri, 23 Oct 2009
From: Diocese of Albany
Subject: Diocesan Update Addendum
      Update of Fr Nigel. He remains in the ICU at Saratoga Hospital and his condition has worsened. His family requests your prayers for his healing. Please keep his family in your prayers as well as the doctors, nurses, technicians treating Fr Nigel.

Date: Fri, 23 Oct 2009
From: jos & ruth McCabe
Subject: 24 hr prayer Father Nigel
      I am happy to do the 2.30am until 3am (US time ) slot as I live in UK. I know Nigel from WHI and working with the military.
Yours in Christ, Jos McCabe
Accts Military Ministries International

Date: Fri, 23 Oct 2009
From: Lucille Wheater
      I just spoke with Larry and Anne Green from Waco TX . They were inquiring about Fr Nigel. They have been praying for him. They would like to be put on the 8-9am slot for prayer. Thanks Lucille Wheater

Date: Fri, 23 Oct 2009
From: Elizabeth Allen
Subject: A prayer for Nigel Mumford as he passes through the waters
Torre,
      Attached [see below] is a prayer for Nigel as he passes through the waters of fluid in his lungs. May our gracious God carry him safely through the deep waters to dry ground. As Nigel rests safe and secure in the strong arms of the Lord Jesus, may he be blessed with the joy of deep, intimate fellowship with his Savior.
In the fearless peace of the Lord, Elizabeth Allen

Save Nigel Mumford, O God,
for the waters have come up to his neck.
He has come into the deep waters;
the floods engulf him.
He and his family are worn out calling for help;
his throat is parched.

Rescue Nigel from the mire.
Do not let him sink.
Deliver Nigel from those who hate him,
from the deep waters.
He is in pain and distress.
May Your salvation, O God, protect Nigel
and all those who love him and are praying for him.

But now, this is what the Lord says --
He who created him.
"Fear not, for I have redeemed Nigel.
I have called him by name;
he is Mine.

When Nigel passes through the waters,
I will be with him;
And when he passes through the rivers,
they will not sweep over him.
When he walks through the fire,
he will not be burned.
For I am the Lord, his God,
The Holy One of Israel, his Savior."


Adapted from Psalm 69 and Isaiah 43: 1-3

To Nigel and Lynn,
With ongoing prayer for Nigel's full and rapid recovery,
Elizabeth Allen October 23, 2009

Date: Fri, 23 Oct 2009
From: Rambling around
      Dearest Lord, Your dear son Nigel continues to struggle in his fight for life and breath while your people fight in prayer to win against the enemy. Lord, the thread that runs through the posted scriptures and prayers seem to indicate that this is not the time for our brother to come home to You, but rather to regain his ministry. Lord, we ask you for an indication that You have turned the tide. Specifically, we pray that the pathogens that have caused this pneumonia will be utterly destroyed and leave his body. While Brother Nigel rests, speak to his spirit. Tell him what You want his future to be.
      Lord, today as I read Daniel 9, I saw that Daniel (vs. 20) was speaking and praying and confessing his own sin and the sin of his people Israel and presenting his supplication before the Lord. Then, Daniel received his vision. But Daniel's instructions did not come until after confession of sin -- not only his own, but those of his people. Perhaps this would be a good time for us as the people of God to confess our sins and truly humble ourselves before You, oh, Father. We rest in your grace and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. Hear our prayer, O, Lord. In the name of our wonderful Savior and Lord Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

Date: Fri, 23 Oct 2009
From: Joann Ferris
      Thank you for the update on Nigel last night. Mo. Evette and I agree we need to keep praying intently for Nigel during this critical time and beyond.

Date: Thu, 22 Oct 2009
From: gerlach debra
      I am praying too, just not on schedule! [Note from Torre: many are doing this.]

Date: Thu, 22 Oct 2009
From: David Groncki
Subject: Nigel updates
Hello Torre,
      Sister Mary Elizabeth (CtK) said to contact you for official information when received. I am a very close Marine to my "mate" Thank you for adding me to your list. Nigel is fighting like the Marine he is. Grace & Peace as you do such an important service to us all.
God Bless.......walking in Love, Sarge

Date: Thu, 22 Oct 2009
From: Lowes, Carol
      Thanks for the update. I put him on out church prayer list last night.

Date: Wed, 21 Oct 2009
From: Pat Hart
Torre,
      I'm ready and willing to pray for Nigel from 6:30 to 7:00 in the evening. Would that be OK? If it would be better, I'll take from around 10 in the morning or at noon. Whatever you say is best. Let me know. I've been praying "whenever" - a lot - lately.
Pat Hart

Albany Intercessor

 

Welcome Home Initiative Update

Subject: Welcome Home Initiative Update -- Friday, October 23, 2009
From: Sister Mary Elizabeth, CSM

To all our Faithful Welcome Home Initiative Intercessors;

The Sixth Welcome Home Initiative retreat for combat veterans begins this coming Monday, October 26, at the Oratory of Christ the King. Ten Warriors and one wife are confirmed to join our Prayer Ministry and Intercession Teams under the leadership of Bishop Dave Bena and Lt. Col. Noel Dawes to seek together Christ's healing of the internal and external wounds of war.

Our complement is configured as follows:



The vision for Welcome Home Initiative has always been to be a ministry of combat veterans forming short term community together in which they may pray for the healing promised by Christ. Combat soldiers fight to preserve the peace they know waits for them at home and tend to only open up battle wounds with other veterans who carry the same burdens and will not be shattered by what they have experienced in the field. Pray that community may be formed between (and around) these men that they may release the memories and deep pain carried home from battle into the hands of God.

Pray that the Body of Christ formed in this three-day Welcome Home Initiative community may manifest the saving and healing power of Jesus Christ. Pray that the Holy Spirit will, even now be preparing these men for the healing the Father has prepared for them to walk in in Jesus' name.

Pray for our Leadership Team, Prayer Ministers and Intercessors as we move forward in this ministry without Father Mumford – for the talks, the facilitation of discussion and commuunity building, and for the direct prayer ministry.

Pray for Sandra Lester and Mary Ellen Bena coordinating the many behind-the-scenes details – room decorationns and welcome baskets, quilts, preparations for the Closing ceremony, the entertainment on Tuesday evening – and all the unseen hands whichh lovingly prepare for the warriors' Welcome Home at Christ the King.

Our warriors are traveling in from many different directions: pray for travel coordination and mercies that they may arrive in a timely manner on Monday.

Christ the King Center is at the height of autumn splendor – pray for picture-perfect weather and seasonall glory.

Pray for good attendance for the Welcome Home Initiative Closing Ceremony at 11:15 a.m. on Wednesday, October 28, in Christ the King Chapel. If you live in the local area, join us in welcoming these Warriors home.

Update on Father Nigel:
Father Nigel Mumford remains in critical but stable condition with atypical pneumonia at Saratoga Springs Hospital. He is on a ventilator, under sedation and in isolation.

Our Bishop, the Rt. Rev. William Love, put out a call for prayer this week, and a 24-hour "From Home" Prayer Vigil is currently running for Father Nigel's healing. Updates and prayers for his healing are posted at http://albanyintercessor.blogspot.com/ and at http://anglicanprayer.wordpress.com/.

Please do not attempt to visit the hospital or contact the family directly at this time. The love of the WHI community for Father Nigel is deeply appreciated and can best be expressed in the outpouring of fervent prayer.

We earnestly believe that Fr. Nigel would want us to "soldier on" in this ministry which is so much an expression of the love of his soul for so many men with whom he has prayed over the years. Keep next week's Welcome Home Initiative lifted, even as you also keep this Healing Warrior lifted before the throne of God for healing.


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