You visit the earth and water it, You greatly enrich it; the river of God is full of water; You provide their grain, for so You have prepared it. Ps 65:9 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, help me bathe in your river of delight. Thank you for providing for me.
The pastures are clothed with flocks; the valleys also are covered with grain; they shout for joy, they also sing. Ps 65:13 (NKJV)
Father, thank you for letting me see your abundance.
A Word Received: Look to me to sustain you in the days of famine of my word.
PT/MC Jail Reports, St. Ann's Amsterdam, November 11 & 18, 2019
DEACON ALAN and DEACON MARYCAROL -- Reporting in (finally) on Prayer Table and Services From the Reserved Sacrament for the past two Mondays. I am sorry, but last week just got away from us with some non-ministry duties. A neighbor (who is a handyman) and I are in the midst of a laminated floor project that is taking longer than anticipated. Other things have popped up as well, so I am tardy with this regular ministry report.
Monday, Nov. 11 ---
Prayer Table -- Monday holidays always result in very low attendance, and this Veterans Day was no exception. Only three women came to the table, and none requested prayer and anointing. They did take free, clean clothing and needed food. Deacon MaryCarol and I then got things ready for the Saturday "Clean Clothing Giveaway" so everything would be ready to go.
MCCF Services -- We had three women and 16 men come to the four pod services. The discussions after the readings were lively. We were very moved by two men in particular this night. One mentioned that he was touched by the Psalm 17 verse which states "I give no offense with my mouth as others do." He said that has been a problem for him in this jail term. After the service ended, he asked for some private prayer and he told us his story and why he said the Psalm 17 verse was special to him. He told us as a two-year-old he fell seven stories out of his apartment building and was badly injured and facially disfigured by the event. He says people have always teased him and made fun of his severe disfigurement, and he has trouble tolerating it and often gets into fights about it. (He is in his early 20s now.) We and volunteer Jeff Newell prayed for this man for about 20 minutes, asking for the gift of mercy and to be able to tolerate those who taunt him. We prayed for him to be strong and forgiving of those who give him this trouble. Another male, a minor, that we also prayed for in private said he has not been to church since he was 7 years old (when his grandmother who used to take him passed away), but he said he believes in God. "And I know Jesus is my savior. He took my sins to that cross that He died on."
These inmates asked for your intercessory prayers for themselves and indicated loved ones.: Bob, Robert (and Jackie, Derek and Mykenzie), Chad (and Penelope and Chris), Man (no name given -- and Laura, Angie and Alice), Man (no name) -- for better days to come, Jeffrey (and my son), Keith (Cathy), Addie (and Lynne, Antonia and Brittany), Wilson (and Alonzo), Mike (my family and friends), Man (no name given) -- for myself, Joyce, Boyd and Mia.)
Monday, Nov, 18 --
Prayer Table -- Let us back up and tell you that the "Clean Clothing Giveaway" on Saturday the 13th was a success. We gave away about one-third of the large collection of winter clothing we had to offer, then stored some of what was left for this Monday table. The rest we took to the clothing bin down the street at the Crossroads Church. Many thanks to the volunteers who came out and helped with this event. Many hands made easier work!
The regular Monday table -- held indoors in the Parish Hall -- was a big success. About 14 or 15 people came and most of them wanted prayer and anointing! This was a joy to see because it is the main reason we conduct the Prayer Table but it is not always wanted. There were some special cases of visitors severely in need of clothing and food, so we were able to help them so they can get back on their feet as well as offering up prayers for their needs and concerns.
MCCF Services -- Unfortunately, we did not visit the Montgomery County Correctional Facility due to the threat of very bad weather -- freezing rain and icy, dark roads. We will return next Monday evening.
Thank you all who pray for these neighborhood ministries! God bless you!