Thursday, August 14, 2014
8/14/2014, #8, 3rd Quarter 2014
Jesus, please help us know you more so that we too ask for your living water.
Jesus answered and said to her, "Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life." (John 4:13-14)
Jesus, I admit it -- I too thirst for more of your living water. I long for the fount of water to spring up in me more and more.
But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship him. (John 4:23)
Father, please help me by your Holy Spirit to worship you in spirit and truth.
Then the twelve summoned the multitude of the disciples and said, "It is not desirable that we should leave the word of God and serve tables. Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business; but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word." (Acts 6:2-4)
Holy Spirit, guide the leaders of this diocese and of our parishes so that they rightly use their time in prayer and the ministry of the word.
And teach me your statutes. I am your servant; give me understanding, that I may know your testimonies. (Psalm 119:124b-125)
Holy Spirit, please help me share with others the testimony of what God the Father has done through Jesus to bring us to salvation.
WORD: I AM the Lord of the harvest; follow me.
WORD: Seek my face.
WORD: I want to give you more of my Holy Spirit.
Thursday: 105:1-22 * 105:23-45; Judges 14:1-19: Acts 6:15-7:16: John 4:27-42
Friday: 102 * 107:1-32; Judges 14:20-15:20: Acts 7:17-29: John 4:43-54
Notes from the Front Lines
Daily: For our Bishop and for cultivation of daily prayer in every disciple
AUGUST 13 Diocese of Down and Dromore, Church of Ireland and Bishop Harold Miller The Rev’d James McDonald
14 Church of the Holy Spirit, Schenevus -The Rev’d Richard Knudson
Please watch this video of a sermon from my daughter Sarah's church in Manila, the Philippines: http://vimeo.com/103041562 It is entitled Jesus Heals a Paralytic (Part:1).
***** Healing Eucharist on Saturday, August 16 at 6 pm. We will begin with contemporary praise and worship music, celebrate Eucharist, and prayer teams will be available following the Eucharist. Childcare is available during the service. This service will take place on the third Saturday of every month at 6 pm. For more information visit our website http://www.saintannsamsterdam.org/
***** Rob Sutherland [in Australia]
We have just (last week) concluded our Warrior Welcome Home Retreat in Sydney which God blessed wonderfully.
***** Please join us at St. Michael's, Colonie, this Friday, August 15 @7pm for our monthly Prayer & Praise service. We begin with Worship, share in the Word, give and receive Prayer, and experience Holy Communion. Please come and join us, and bring a friend to this relaxed service. We desire to go deeper in our relationship.
***** ST. ANN'S OF AMSTERDAM (Monday, Aug. 4, 2014; 10-11 a.m. ion front of our church on Division Street. James Bryant and Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table.)
a -- anointed with Holy Oil.
t -- received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.
f -- received free non-perishable food we offer.
c -- received free good, used clothing/shoes we offer.
f,c -- NANCY -- Said "God bless you" after she took food and clothing she said she needs "to get by."
t -- WOMAN (no name) -- Came across the street and asked for a cross. We prayed a blessing on her but she did not seem to understand English. But .. she understood the cross and that we were praying for her.
t,f,c -- HUMBERTO -- First-time visitor to the table. Asked for prayer for his mother (no name) who is ill and for his own good health to continue.
f -- MARSHALL -- At one time a critic of our table, Marshall now comes nearly every week to talk with us. He usually takes one can of soup or spaghetti ... all he needs for that day, and saves the rest for others. He told us "I've got God in my life, so life is good."
t,t -- ALBERTO -- Very serious young man. Sat right down without our even asking, and asked for prayer " ... for people to be able to find jobs, for my family and for me to have more faith." Whew!
c,f,t -- DONNA -- Distance runner who often stops by at the end of her runs through and around Amsterdam. Asked for prayer for her husband JOE who is seriously ill.
t,f,c,a -- ANGIE -- Asked for prayer for good health and prosperity. We prayed for God to give her the things she needs, not necessarily what she wants. HIS will be done.
f,c -- BOB -- This older man has been coming by regularly each week and takes food and clothing. He is a very big man so we seldom have anything his size. We prayed for continued good health after recent heart problems.
t,f,c -- GEORGIANA -- She requested prayers for peace in the world and for healing within the church.
a,t -- VIRGINIA --Sat down just as we were about to close down and she asked for prayer for her friend CHERI, who is having an operation soon.
(Monday, Aug. 11, 2014; 9:45-11 a.m. in front of our church. Very steamy, hot day near 90. John Banfield, James Bryant, Lionel Gibbs and Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table.)
a,f,c -- REBECCA --She comes almost every week and she was waiting for us to open the table. In fact, she was the very FIRST person to ever come to our Prayer Table when it first opened on July 9, 2012. She asked for prayer this time for her nephew MICHAEL -- the two-year-old boy who was beaten and had his leg broken by a man who is not a member of the family. (This was in newspaper and TV reports last weekend.) This was the saddest story I have ever heard at any prayer table anywhere. We prayed at length for healing for this little boy and for peace for Rebecca, who often takes care of him and sometimes even brings him to the table. Please keep this boy and this family in your prayers!
t,f,c -- EDWIN and young family -- Asked for a blessing on him and his family.
t -- SUSAN -- Recently told us a neighbor's dog needed better care and asked us to look into it. We did, and the city police are observing the situation and say he is not being mistreated. We prayed for the animal's continued safety and health, anyway.
t -- ED -- Man who often comes by for a few cans of food and checks out the clothing. This time he walked right to to the table, scooped up one of the crosses and smiled. He declined prayer and everything else but said "I've got this; this is all I want; this is all I need today!"
ETHEL -- This older woman hasn't been at the table very often recently but has been coming off and on since we began. She calls us "The street angels" and hugs us and thanks us for being "out here for the people." She never accepts a thing even though we know she is needy.
f,c -- SHERRY -- Sherry has been coming to the table for prayer for neck and back pain for about as year. After we prayed for her continued healing, she took some food and clothing and also asked for some cardboard boxes to help her when she moves to another community soon.
f,t,c -- CONSUELA -- This Spanish-speaking woman came with another woman (no name) who told us Consuela is "very sick" and needs prayer. We prayed for healing for Consuela.
MAN -- (no name) --- Walked to the table with a carton of green and yellow squash to give to people at the table. How nice of him!
f -- BOB -- The large man who comes every week came for prayer again.
t,f,c -- ANGIE (Different from the Angie of last week) -- She came to the table for the first time and asked for prayers for herself and her sons JODEN and RYAN (who were with her) and her daughter CHASTITY (who was not with them.)
f,c -- DONNA -- The distance runner we mentioned in last week's account was just finishing up a 22-mile run! After she caught her breath a bit, we prayed for her safety and preservation as she runs through town.
***** Welcome Home Initiative - Oct 20-22
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***** Donna in Ghana Intercessors August 2014
Long time since I wrote, I am sorry. It seems when I need prayer the most, I get a little “frozen” and can’t write. Thank you for continuing to lift me up when the Lord brings me to your mind and heart even when I do not write.
Personally for me: I just finished with a bout of malaria. Praise the Lord that I do not get it very often a lot less than many people I know. Pray that I get my full pep back, for some reason not quite up to speed yet. I am supposed to take iron, but caffeine, calcium, and food block its absorption, o it is hard to find a time to take it! Added to that, I am not sleeping well. Part of this is anticipation of the changes to come, but I also feel a sense of increased spiritual warfare. So, I could use prayer for full health, good restful sleep, and spiritual peace and rest.
For Ghana and for Donna in Ghana: Things are very difficult for Ghana right now. The economy is doing very poorly. The money has depreciated and prices have risen drastically over this past year. Businesses are closing and the government I not doing well. Some of you might be aware that the Ghanaian World Cup soccer players embarrassed the country by demanding that their pay be sent to them in Barcelona. It was not a good thing to do publically, but there was reason for them to be concerned that they might not see what they were promised. The government is not reimbursing the hospitals for health care, so hospitals are no longer accepting the national health insurance. Since my income is from the US in dollars, I have not had it as difficult as many. But recently there has been another increase in fuel prices, resulting in increases across the board. This one will be a real struggle because salaries have to be increased substantially, in addition to the increase in prices for everything the ministry does related to education and the IAM Bible schools, not to mention my living costs.
Upcoming move: I feel good about how things are going here in Sunyani and am confident it will continue to be so when I move. But still continue to pray for Ps. Joe and as he assumes more of the duties of the NGO and IAM Bible school. Pray for all the arrangements and finances for the move in October. I am currently involved in the new work mentally, making arrangements, etc., and spiritually though not physically yet. Pray that all the pieces fall into place. A seven person team is coming on 9/30 for 2 weeks and will work to make the place ready for me to move in, as well as see to the government requirements to get the ministry going again. Pray for Pastor Gerrie and this team from Titian Ministries in Canada, for the fundraising they are doing and all the preparatory arrangements they have to make. I will be with them then return to Sunyani for my things. I plan on moving around 10/23. Right after I move, a young couple whom I knew at Pinecrest Bible Training Center and are ministry supporters, are coming for 6 weeks to help me settle in! Pray for Jon and Rebecca Carella as they are currently applying for a visa. A lot of activity and a lot to coordinate, but full of blessings from the Lord!
Ministry planning meeting: Ps. Joe, Ps. Ransford, and I are the directors of IAM-Ghana, the NGO (Nongovernmental organization, like a non-profit agency). Most of the ministry I have been doing as “Donna in Ghana,” except some of my speaking, falls under this NGO. We are going to spend time in prayer and discussion on Friday, 8/22, to set goals and priorities for the ministry. We already et in preparation so we can come already spiritually prepared to discuss what we see the Lord doing and hear Him saying. Pray for us as we prepare and also pray for us on 8/22. The essential work will not change, but we need to have a planned approach to moving forward.
Babies: Please pray for the following pastors who have been married for a while and want children but have not yet had any. Pastor Joe; 2 other pastors from the church – Pastor Matthew and Pastor Eric; two IAM Bible school teachers – Pastor Stephen and Pastor Sam; and Appiah, my other “son.”
I believe that is all for now. I appreciate hearing from you if you receive any words or impressions in prayer! May the Lord bless you for your care and faithfulness!
Love and blessings, Donna
***** Mudge Making a Difference Prayer Mail for Tuesday, August 12
Dear partners in prayer, This is our public prayer mail for August 12.
This week's selective overview:
Dates have been tentatively confirmed for the first ordinations in Belize in several years, in late September, as well as for the pre-ordination retreat (I may be serving in the role of Spiritual Director for the retreat), pending the final documents from the candidates.
Work continues for the preparation of upcoming course materials.
Preparation continues for "move week", all next week.
I will continue to maintain a base of operations in the Diocese of Albany for some time to come. Therefore, Sunday visits to parishes in the Diocese of Albany continue after the move, and I have been asked to make a presentation at the upcoming mission conference in the Diocese of Albany.
1) Pray for the mission work in Belize, the translation of the online course work into Spanish for Belize and surrounding countries, and the on-going work of the Spanish version of the Book of Common Prayer for the Church in the Province of the West Indies.
2) Pray for my part in the ordination process, as the ordination date gets closer.
3) Pray for my course preparation work for the next on-line course that I plan to teach, beginning August 30th and lasting to mid-October: "What God has been doing in Anglicanism" (Anglican Church History/Liturgy).
4) Pray also for my upcoming mission conference presentation.
5) Pray for our transition to Manchester over the course of the next three weeks, and for Julie's transition to new responsibilities as staff hospital chaplain at two area hospitals. Pray for peace, effectiveness, love, joy, and creativity.
God bless you. In Christ, Shaw+, and on behalf of Julie+ and Lydia.