Feb
01

Our verse for this week is Zephaniah 2:3

Hi praying folks,
Our verse for this week is Zephaniah 2:3. “Seek the LORD, all you humble of the land, who do His commands; seek righteousness, seek humility; perhaps you may be hidden on the day of the LORD’s wrath.”

1. Pray President Trump, and all of us, would seek the LORD, seek righteousness, seek humility, see to love God above all else, seek to love other people, seek the wisdom that comes from above, seek first the kingdom of God.
2. InterVarsity–a. Praise–Julie is 100% supported so she can be full-time through June, which is the end of the fiscal year. b. Please continue to pray for God’s wisdom, direction and jobs for her husband James and their grown daughter and son. c. Praise–International students get to experience the Connections Conference in Santa Cruz. Pray for at least 40 students from DVC to register and for all the logistics (finances, rides, sleeping bags, etc.)
3. Latasha, Be the Bridge–“Be the Bridge is an organization that helps equip or really to inspire the church to be a credible witness for the glory of God as it relates to racial reconciliation.” Latasha says, “We have a nine-step process to racial reconciliation. It’s similar to a Bible study–it has Scriptures and discussion topics. We are taking God’s word and applying it. We have people do social events together. So we have people register their group, download the guide, and we tell them to start learning and listening. Some people may not know any people of color and in those cases, we tell them to pray for God’s guidance.” “During the first year over 10,000 people downloaded the guide.” Pray God will bless Be the Bridge and their efforts, and that the church showing true racial reconciliation will be a light that draws people to Jesus.
4. Options for Women–Pray that many will be motivated to care about women in crisis pregnancies and their unborn babies through the Change for Life envelopes.
5. Uganda mission trip–Pray for a multi-church team of at least 10 people for the Uganda mission trip to Raise the Roof Academy this summer. God does something special when Christians from different churches work together for a common goal; pray the team will experience this. Pray for the team members as they will be doing a VBS for 1000. If anyone from any of your churches wants to go, I can give you Robin’s contact information.
6. Pray for peace in America that overcomes division. In the words of The Crossing, a group that does reconciliation ministry in Ireland, “His peace will come to nations when He changes human hearts.” Pray for that to happen here.
7. Tara–Pray for her as she travels, especially for safety, health (no migraines), good sleep, and fruitful times of prayer and fellowship. She is in Israel for the ASK network’s international prayer gathering. Pray for them as they pray for God’s purposes to be realized in every nation of the world. Pray for Tara and the other leaders as they facilitate the prayer times.
8. Darla & Nathanael are glad to be back home in Cameroon. Praise–Their daughter is really enjoying going to school. They have several projects in the works, but because of where some of them are located they have to wait for peace, for safety’s sake. Please pray for peace in Cameroon.
9. Pray God will be glorified in the Authority to Heal seminar. Pray the people God wants to be there will come, and healing will result.
10. Bay Area Rescue Mission provides “meals to the hungry, beds for the homeless, and spiritual support to anyone in need.” “The needs far outweigh BARM’s ability to provide help. Pray for increased giving and additional volunteers. Pray the men and women in the discipleship programs will graduate and will then continue to grow in their faith and be inspirations to others.”
11. Pray recipients of blessing bags containing food and other necessities will be blessed in soul and spirit as well as body.

Thanks for praying! God bless you! Sherri

Jan
25

Our verse for this week is Hosea 6:3

Hi praying folks,
Our verse for this week is Hosea 6:3. “Let us know, let us press on to know the LORD; His appearing is as sure as the dawn, He will come to us like the showers, like the spring rains that water the earth.”

1. Uganda mission trip–Robin is trying to pull together a multi-church team of at least 10 people. They will be doing a VBS for 1000. There will be an informational meeting on 2/4. Pray God will assemble the team with the people He wants to go. I know several of the folks in this prayer group attend other churches; if anyone in your congregation is interested in joining the Uganda mission trip, I can get you Robin’s contact information.
2. Options for Women–Their top two priorities are faith in Jesus and compassion, defined as seeing or hearing something that’s wrong and having a desire to change it. They seek to protect unborn children and to provide a refuge for women in crisis pregnancies. Pray for the staff, the mothers, their children, and other family members.
3. Seminar–Authority to Heal 2/10-2/11–Pray those God prompts to come will come. Pray healing will happen in Jesus’ name, the focus will be on Him, and God will be glorified.
4. Rev. Charles Tinsley, Chaplain, Juvenile Detention System–Rev. Tinsley is recovering from life-saving open heart surgery (12/2) and hoping to return to the facilities in a couple weeks. Physicians’ assessments are encouraging. Continue praying for Rev Tinsley as he recovers. He says, “May our God continue to bless you all and keep you in His divine sight and care. And may the loving and liberating power of the Holy Spirit sustain each of you as you passionately and faithfully reach out to the hurt and hurting young people in this community.”
5. “Monument Crisis Center had a busy December, delivering Holiday Food Boxes, special gifts emphasizing warmth (blankets, hats, scarves) and grocery gift cards donated by supporters, to their many homeless and needy clients. Please pray that donations and volunteers will be available to continue to help the less fortunate during this cold, wet January.”
6. Church without Shoes–Please join area pastors and others in these prayers: “Give us the gift of repentance.” “Expand Your kingdom in our neighborhoods, in our families, in our ourselves.” “May the Church in the valley look toward You and run.” “We pray that the Church in this valley would be compelled to rise up and love.” “Pray we would be the city on a hill and would shine in the darkness.” “Crown Your Church with humility.” “Pray that God’s love would pour out over this valley and nation on those in the Church and on those not in the Church.” “Let Your glory be what everyone sees; as we lift You up, draw all people to Yourself.”
7. International Christian Fellowship–Pray for students returning from vacation. Pray for new believers, that they will grow in their faith. Pray those who don’t know Jesus yet will come into relationship with Him. Pray for former ICF students who have returned to their home countries or transferred to other colleges, that the Christians will find good fellowship and have opportunities to share, and that God will continue to draw the non-Christians closer to Himself.

Thanks for praying! God bless you! Sherri

Jan
13

Our verse for this week is Acts 1:8

Hi praying folks,

Our verse for this week is Acts 1:8. “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

1. Witnessing Ministries of Christ, India–Praise God for new names for former untouchables with the promise of new life in Christ. Thank God “that people who have suffered so much are able to come out of the shadows, radiant and unashamed of who they are. Jesus Christ has reached them and changed their names, their lives, and their futures.” Pray whole communities will be transformed to be God communities. Pray for the safety, health and energy of the leaders as they reach out to others. Pray for the children preparing for exams. Praise God because for the first time spoken English is becoming fun and exciting, and if the children have English, they have much better vocational opportunities in the future.

2. Presbyterian Frontier Fellowship is now Frontier Fellowship, to “reach across ecclesiastical divides in calling Christians to engage in God’s mission of calling people to Himself.” Pray for Tara as she’ll be participating in “ASK Network’s international prayer gathering in the Negev, facilitating prayer segments on unreached people groups and Muslims.” She says, “Please ask for traveling mercies, safety in the air and on the ground, open hearts to hear God’s heart as we pray for Israel and the Middle East, and peace as I prepare to travel in the midst of an already very busy season.”

3. Authority to Heal seminar 2/10-2/11–Pray the seminar would be Christ-honoring. Pray the people God wants to attend would respond to His call to go. Pray for the organizers. Pray healing would happen in Jesus’ name. Pray people would not be distracted by the healing, but would focus on Jesus.

4. Pray for those preparing for the Raise the Roof Academy trip.

5. She is Safe–Praise–$1289 was raised to buy ruffled pantaloons which “will show that potential victims have an organization behind them, “which means that the girls are not as vulnerable as if they were completely alone and unprotected.

6. El Puente–Pray for additional volunteers to interact with the students, and for new financial supporters. Pray that Christians with a heart for middle school students will join in and the program at Oak Grove Middle School will be able to start up again. Pray both that program and the one at Ygnacio Valley High School will thrive. “Pray for Pat & Donna and their family, that they will be energized to continue their fruitful work through this ministry.” Pray for a brother and sister, that they will go to Winter Camp and come to know Christ.

7. Jeff & Carolyn, Rain Forest International School, Cameroon–RFIS teaches with a Christian world view, and “has about 89 students, 50 of which are children of missionaries. The parents of the students do a wide variety of missionary activities. Some parents are linguists, teachers, church planters, pastoral trainers, medical liaisons, Bible translators, and a host of other jobs.” Pray for students, teachers, missionaries and other parents.

8. ICF–Pray for students as they return from vacation. Pray for Christians who have returned home or transferred to other colleges, that they will find good Christian fellowship, remain firm in their faith, and have opportunities to share Christ. Two current and one former ICF students have become believers within the last month–Praise God!

9. Danny & Marti, Italian Bible Institute, Italy–Thank God for 11 new students enrolled. Pray for “a hospitable couple who can effectively ‘hang with’ the lifestyle of a 20-year-old.” Pray the Bible learning will enter not only heads but also hearts and lives.

10. Bill & Sharon–Praise God because Bill has a job substitute teaching; continue to pray for more permanent work. Pray for two Afghani women who have been studying English with Sharon, that they and their husbands will come to know Christ. Pray for opportunities to reach out to Syrian refugees in their area.

11. InterVarsity–This semester they are focusing on developing leaders and cultivating their relationship with Jesus. Pray the leaders will “catch the vision and run with it.” Praise–Julie is at 100% support, so she can be full-time with IV through June, which is when their fiscal year ends. Continue to pray for a a job for her husband James.

Thanks for praying! God bless you! Sherri

Jan
05

Our verse for this week is Rom 1:16

Hi praying folks,
Our verse for this week is Rom 1:16. “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”

1. Abby and four of their children are in the States, getting the kids updated on medical, dental, and schooling, and ministering quietly through their local sending church; Josh and one son are in Kenya, making relationships with Christians from various places around the world and waiting for the son’s visa. Pray it would be granted! Pray they would travel safely to the US and adjust quickly to home assignment. Pray for children from the Home of Love, especially those who only recently have become part of a family rather than being orphans.
2. Pray for Nathanael & Darla and their daughter as they settle back into life in Cameroon. Pray for peace in Cameroon; there have been demonstrations in the northwest and southwest. Pray this will be a time when more and more people trust in God and love their neighbor.
3. Pat & Donna–Pray for a brother and sister, that they will go to winter camp and come to know Christ. Pray the ministry at Oak Grove Middle School will start up again.
4. International Christian Fellowship–Pray for international students spending winter break at home, for Christians to have fellowship and opportunities to share Christ, and for non-Christians to be drawn closer to Jesus.
5. Praise–More than 3000 gifts were given out at BARM’s Christmas party. Pray these children and their families will come to know Jesus, the best gift of all.
6. “Winter Nights Homeless Shelter has a full complement of 30 people, and they are settling in well. Praise the Lord for the Jewish congregation who always hosts Winter Nights over Christmas. Please pray for success in finding jobs and permanent housing for the families, and that the kids will do well with their studies. Pray also for good health for the staff and volunteers.”
7. Pray for small groups and Bible studies at various churches in our valley, that they will be places where people grow closer to Christ and to each other.
8. CBS resumes this week. Pray core groups will be able to encourage each other in Christ.
9. Pray for Elena, doing church planting and pastoral ministry in Ensenada, Mexico.
10. Ly & Sarin, Cambodia–“They held a special Christmas presentation with children from nearby villages. Following the celebration they gave each child a gift and a meal.” “The children began arriving at 6 am Christmas morning for the 8 am program. There were around 600 children who came to celebrate Jesus’ birth.” They also held a New Year’s Eve gathering for the youth. “There were 54 young people who came to pray, worship, sing songs and participate in a group discussion. During that night 15 young people accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior.” Praise God for what He is doing in Cambodia!
11. Pray for the planners as they choose a date and a headliner for Praise in the Park 2017. Pray their 501c3 goes through without a hitch.

Thanks for praying! God bless you! Sherri

Dec
29

Our verse for this week is 1 Pet. 2:9

Hi praying folks,
Our verse for this week is 1 Pet. 2:9. “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.”

1. Praise God for Jesus, who was fully God and fully man. Praise God for all the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services at Christian churches worldwide, and pray these will continue to bear spiritual fruit long after the holiday season is over.
2. Homeless Dinner this Saturday 12/31–Pray the cooks, servers and attendees will all sense the presence of Jesus.
3. Let us prepare our hearts for what God will do in the new year.
4. Pray for She is Safe, that the girls will be protected and rescued. “Pray for the safety of both the victims and the SIS workers who are under threat from the attackers.” Pray job training for the girls will be successful. Pray that Jesus will transform the hearts of the attackers and heal the hearts of the girls, and that more and more people in the areas where SIS works will come to know Jesus.
5. Raise the Roof Academy–In Uganda, Back to School begins in January. Pray for new beginnings and sponsors for unsponsored children. Pray for David & Marlene and their daughter as they travel to Uganda.
6. El Puente–Continue to pray the program at Oak Grove Middle School will be able to start up again in the new year.
7. Nathanael & Darla, Wycliffe–Continue to pray for Nathanael’s extended family as they grieve the loss of his brother Peter.
8. Cindy, teaching at a Bible College in Hong Kong–Praise God for the first bilingual class with 9 students, for books and curriculum translated into Chinese, and for the amazing response to God’s love and grace among people who attended a conference. Their vision has expanded; pray in 2017 they will also see students from both Malaysia and Taiwan.
9. Jaijin & Keumhee, Albania–They have resigned from WEC Balkan branch, but will continue to serve with the Church of Joy in Shkoder, Albania. Pray for them as they spend time with supporters and family in Korea. Pray for their return to Albania 2/9.
10. Mark & Amy, Egypt–Pray for their family as they consider how to reach out to Syrian refugees in their community. Pray for Mark as he prepares to teach Bible at two different colleges, coordinates Bible studies at church, continues his engineering work, and spends time with family. Amy has been evaluating and doing Occupational Therapy with children at the Center of Love. Pray in the new year she will be able to shift her time from typing evaluations to visiting families in the garbage village and among the Syrian refugees, and that God will direct her conversations with the families. Pray for Egyptian brothers and sisters, that God would comfort and strengthen them and keep them faithful as they mourn after a bomb blast outside St. Peter’s church Sunday 12/11, which killed 27 people and wounded 45 others, mostly women and children.
11. Julie, InterVarsity–Continue to pray for a job for James and full funding for Julie. Praise–She is up to 86%! Pray for a student who returned home, perhaps permanently, to find good Christian fellowship. Pray for Japanese students (some believers and some not) as they attend a Christian conference.

Thanks for praying! God bless you! Sherri

Dec
23

Our verses for this week are Luke 1:67-79

Hi praying folks,
Our verses for this week are Luke 1:67-79. “And his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied, saying, ‘Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for He has visited and redeemed His people and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of His servant David, as He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from of old, that we should be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us; to show the mercy promised to our fathers and to remember His holy covenant, the oath that He swore to our father Abraham, to grant us that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve Him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before Him all our days. And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord to prepare His ways, to give knowledge of salvation to His people in the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.’ ”

1. Merry Christmas! Pray this season God will open blind eyes to see Jesus, the Light of the World, and that many will receive the life, peace, justice, righteousness, forgiveness, joy, hope, love, grace and truth He brings.
2. InterVarsity–Pray for Christian fellowship for a student who has returned home, maybe permanently. Some Japanese students are attending a Christian conference next week; pray they will come to know Jesus. Praise–Julie has about 80% of her funding! Continue to pray for full support for her and employment for her husband James that fits his skills. Pray for wisdom for James & Julie’s children as they make decisions about future direction. Pray they will all be encouraged in Christ.
3. El Puente–Pray the ministry at Oak Grove Middle School will be able to start up again in the new year. Pray for students, including a brother and sister, to come to know Christ. In the fall Pat & Donna took some of the students to visit Chico State University. None of the students have any parents who’ve gone to college; pray they will have God’s dreams for themselves.
4. Bill & Sharon–Praise–Bill has a substitute teaching job. Continue prayers for him to find something more permanent. Praise–Sharon has been teaching English to two Afghani ladies. One lady was telling about a “book” that another lady, who is a Navigator, gave her about Isa al-Masih (Jesus the Messiah). “She was so awed by it.” Sharon was able to tell the two ladies and their husbands the story of Elijah healing the widow’s son. Pray these four will all come to know Christ.
5. She is Safe–Pray the girls will be rescued and find hope and new life in Jesus. Pray the perpetrators will also be transformed by Jesus.
6. Pray for the children who receive Christmas gifts through BARM, that they and their families will feel God’s love and come to know the best Gift, Jesus Himself.
7. Pray for the Spirit of God to be felt at the Homeless Dinner 12/31. Pray for good conversations about Jesus.
8. Go Ye Fellowship/Global Grace Fellowship–“Bill continues to work with an Orthodox priest to reach Gypsies for Christ and try to improve their economic situation. Please pray for renewed spiritual passion during this Christmas season.”
9. Praise God for all the people who came to the breakfasts for the Heritage/Towers folk.
10. Ray & Lirio, Island Grace Church, Hawaii–“Pray for spiritual fruit from their growing discipleship program.” “Pray for physical stamina, grace and joy for Lirio as she copes with chronic pain.”
11. Craig & Lisa, Team Hope–“Thank God for fruitful medical ministry in three villages and trust built from those ministries.” “Pray for scholarships to be available to enable students to continue their academic and Bible studies.”
12. Pray for those who are alone or far from their families this Christmas, that they will be welcomed into other families and especially into God’s family.
13. As churches throughout the world hold special services for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, pray for spiritual fruit. Emmanuel–God is with us!

Thanks for praying! God bless you! Sherri

Dec
18

Our verse for this week is Matt. 1:21

Hi praying folks,
Our verse for this week is Matt. 1:21. “She will bear a Son, and you are to name Him Jesus, for He will save His peo9ple from their sins.”

1. Praise God for the Christmas concert at FPCC and all the people who came to hear it.
2. Pray the presence of Christ will be felt at the Homeless Dinner 12/31. Pray the homeless folks will be connected to Jesus, who said, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” (Matt. 8:20)
3. Praise–At least two barrels full of toys were collected at FPCC for the BARM Christmas toy drive. Pray the children who receive the toys will know the Christ of Christmas.
4. “International Christian Ministry for the Deaf, El Salvador, is going through a time of transition. As the Director is leaving due to family difficulties, pray the Board of Directors listens to God’s wisdom in the decisions regarding location, personnel and finances that they must make for the upcoming year.” Previously God opened a door for four of the leaders and teachers from the school to go to Guatemala to train people working with deaf children. Most of the children and families have to travel 2-3 hours to get to school. Before this the workers were not trained; it has been a blessing from the Lord to share what He has given to ICMD. “They ask that God will continue to guide them in serving the deaf children in both El Salvador and Guatemala; as well as continuing to be the center of their hearts, ‘the One who provides, the One who guides, the One who protects and fills with love.’ ”
5. She is Safe–Pray for the safety of the girls and those who help them.
6. Go Ye Fellowship is now Global Grace Fellowship; they changed their name to communicate their vision to the current generation. ” ‘Global’ highlights our commitment to work toward going to all peoples globally. ‘Grace’ is the heart of our message–God’s incredible, costly, contrary-to-what-we-deserve favor. ‘Fellowship’ represents a band of people committed together to Christ’s global mission.” They have started a trade and technical school in partnership with the Philippine trade program. “This program provides accreditation to trade skills such as culinary arts, baking, hotel and restaurant services, arc welding, metal and wood machining, massage therapy, and plumbing, among others. Every time we teach a trade skill, we devote 3 hours for skill training, 30 minutes for financial literacy, and 30 minutes for spiritual development.” “21 people have graduated from the six-week massage therapy courses, and of these 14 came to know Jesus through the program.” Pray for these new believers and others who are touched through Global Grace Fellowship. Pray for those who will go out under the new name.
7. Many churches in our area and throughout the world are having special events for Advent and Christmas. Pray for spiritual fruit.
8. Julie, InterVarsity–Continue to pray for full funding for Julie and employment for her husband James. Pray for a faculty advisor from DVC so InterVarsity can regain their club status.
9. Pray for Bill & Sharon and their family, for health and employment. Pray God’s blessing on their ministry to Muslims.
10. Pat & Donna, El Puente–Praise God for the group of high school students they are discipling. They have been with these students since middle school, and the group is close to each other, growing in leadership, and growing in Christ. They had to pause the middle school program, but plan to restart it in the new year; pray God will provide all that is needed to make this a reality.
11. International Christian Fellowship–Praise God for a new believer! Pray for students who have returned home or will return home shortly, for fellowship for the Christians and continued Christian input for the non-Christians. Pray the students who are here will be welcomed into homes and churches for Christmas, and that those who don’t know Jesus yet will come into relationship with Him.

Thanks for praying! God bless you! Sherri

Dec
10

Our verses for this week are Isa. 61:1-3

Hi praying folks,
Our verses for this week are Isa. 61:1-3. “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to captives and freedom to the prisoners; to proclaim the favorable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn, to grant those who mourn in Zion, giving them a a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of a spirit of fainting. So they will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.”

1.InterVarsity–a. They’ve lost their club status at DVC. Pray for an advisor who’s either faculty or administrative staff who can attend Friday Bible studies. b. IV is collecting blankets, sleeping bags and socks for the homeless. Pray for lots of donations and good interactions between the students and the homeless folks.
c. continue to pray for a job for James, and that he will not be discouraged but rather have hope in Christ.
2. Praise–More than 70 blessing bags were packed. Pray the recipients will feel God’s love.
3. Josh & Abby, Action International–Abby and 4 kids are in the USA; Josh and their adopted son Moses are in Kenya waiting for a visa. (It’s been 2 months since the visa interview.) Pray the family can all be together for Christmas.
4. International Christian Fellowship–Some students will be singing Christmas carols at the homeless shelter; pray those who sing and those who listen will be drawn closer to Christ by the words of the carols, and both sides will be blessed by their time together.
5. Pray for Elizabeth as this is her first Christmas since Philip went Home to Heaven. Pray also for those continuing his legacy with Witnessing Ministries for Christ in India.
6. Tara, Presbyterian Frontier Fellowship–a. Pray for her and her colleague Hannah this month; Tara writes, “We will be processing through an incredible amount of details, writing content for the website, and generally holding on by the seat of our pants.” Pray God will use their increased communication efforts to expand their message “wider, further and deeper.” b. Pray for Tara & John as they are in Nashville for a brief getaway. Pray for a time of deep rest and renewal, and for safe and smooth travels home.
7. El Puente–Pray for the Christmas “store” where poor families can get items to use as Christmas gifts.
8. Nathanael & Darla, Wycliffe–a. Praise–They have enough money to return to Cameroon! Pray they can get visas quickly and without complications.
b. Nathanael’s brother (age 36) passed away unexpectedly Dec. 4; pray for their family as they grieve.
9. FPCC Christmas concert this Sunday 12/11 7 pm. Pray for lots of people to come, and that many hearts will be drawn to Jesus through the music.
10. Pray for those who have lost loved ones in the last year or who are far from their families at Christmas. Pray for those who are without shelter on these cold nights.
11. Thank God for those who have signed up to help with the homeless dinner 12/31, and pray for the remaining needs to be filled. The shelter is packed; with people on cots in the hallways and even the dining hall. Pray for good conversations between those who serve and those at the shelter.
12. Pray for plenty of donations for BARM’s toy drive.
13. In His Steps, Palestine–a. “Please pray for Mahmoud, who is the main person in the Bethlehem office, who continues to do his job daily despite the recent loss of his mother, father and uncle.” b. “Pray for Christy’s work visa to be granted by Israel.” c. “Pray for the IHS breast cancer project in Palestine so that the best trainers can be located and developed.” Pray for the women who are diagnosed with breast cancer. d. “Pray God will give Christy the wisdom to manage the many projects in progress.”
14. She is Safe–Pray for the girls to be protected and rescued, that they will come to Jesus, and that they will receive vocational training to help themselves and their families out of poverty. Pray for changed hearts of the perpetrators, and that they will even become agents of positive change.
15. Raise the Roof Academy–Praise God for 5 years of RTRA’s education program. The school opened in 2011 with 30 students; now they have 654! “Our prayer is that God will use RTRA to free children from child labor, free families from cycles of poverty, free communities from the forces of injustice, and nurture leaders who are empowered to steer Uganda and Africa to its full potential.” Pray also for spiritual growth among the students, their families, and their communities.
16. Harold & Dorothy, Contra Costa County Detention Facility–a. Thank the Lord for spiritual growth among students doing the self-study program and that more inmates are doing the program. Pray for the inmates, that even though their bodies are in a detention center, their spirits would be free in Christ. b. Pray for Dorothy’s strength, stamina and perseverance as she deals with Parkinson’s. c. Pray for “the families of the inmates and the prison deputies to be encouraged through Operation Christmas Joy (inmates) and Deputy Delights Cookie Donation.”
17. Mark and Debbie, church planting in South Africa–a. Pray for refreshment while they are on furlough, and for Mark’s growth in knowledge, wisdom and Christ-likeness as he studies at Master’s Seminary. b. Pray for salvation for their friend James.

Thanks for praying! God bless you! Sherri

Dec
01

Our verses for this week are Isa. 49:5-7

Hi praying folks,
Our verses for this week are Isa. 49:5-7. And now says the LORD, who formed Me from the womb to be His Servant, to bring Jacob back to Him, in order that Israel might be gathered to Him (For I am honored in the sight of the LORD, and My God is My strength), He says, “It is too small a thing that You should be My servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved ones of Israel; I will also make You a light of the nations so that My salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.” Thus says the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel, and its Holy One, to the despised One, to the One abhorred by the nation, to the Servant of rulers, “Kings shall see and arise, princes shall also bow down; because of the Holy One of Israel who has chosen You.”

1. Praise God that He sent Jesus to be our salvation. In this season of Advent, let us prepare our hearts for Jesus who came for the sinners, the outcasts, the lonely, the broken. He is our peace; it is He who makes us whole.
2. Operation Christmas Child–Pray the boxes will arrive safely and promptly at their intended destinations, and each box will be matched with the right child. Pray each child will receive something in his/her box that lets them know that God cares for them and answers prayer, and that the children will feel the love of God through the gifts. Pray many children will join the follow-up Bible studies and fall in love with Jesus.
3. Ghana Mission Trip–Cornerstone Fellowship is sending a team in March to dedicate two wells they’ve raised money for, bring medical help, be a catalyst for helping children with disabilities in a poor area, and serve as a local pastor directs. Pray they will be a blessing to the community in Ghana. Among the team members are seven sets of parents and children; pray the trip will have a lifelong impact on the children, encouraging them to follow Jesus and serve Him by serving others.
4. Pray for the Christmas concert at FPCC 12/11–“Lord of Glory–a musical celebration of Christ’s Incarnation.” Pray the music and lyrics will draw many hearts to worship Jesus.
5. Pray for the filling and distribution of the Blessing Bags this Saturday 12/3. Pray for conversations that point to Jesus.
6. FPCC Christmas offering will go to She is Safe. “SIS is providing colorful ruffled pantaloons, made locally for $10, to girls in Indonesia to protect them physically from attacks and warn potential attackers that they have people who will defend them. Pray for the safety of the girls and the people who help them. Pray God will transform the hearts of those doing the trafficking, and there will be testimonies like that of John Newton. Praise God for all He is doing through She is Safe. “5,297 women in self-help microloan groups received literacy and vocational training, peer support along with the gospel. 420 women workers were trained in how to lead Bible studies, share the gospel and teach life skills and abuse and trafficking prevention. 2,190 women and children made decisions to accept Christ. 2,975 mothers and community members were trained in trafficking and abuse prevention and recourse. 778 girls received shelter, counseling and vocational training to build new lives after being rescued from trafficking. 14 cell churches were started.”
7. Pray those who receive gifts and supermarket gift cards through the Giving Tree will be blessed and know God loves them. Pray for connections between the families who receive the gifts and those who deliver them, and especially between the families and Christ.
8. Pray for plenty of toy donations for BARM for their Christmas party for needy children.
9. Folks from Hillside Covenant just returned from mission trips to Mexico and Thailand; pray for lasting benefit for both those who went and those who were served.
10. Praise God for people who read the Bible for the first time, in their own language, at the InterVarsity Fall Conference. Continue to pray for full funding for Julie so she can be full-time with IV past February, and for a job for her husband James that fits his skills.
11. Pray also for a job for Bill. Pray God will bless their family and their outreach.

Thanks for praying! God bless you! Sherri

Nov
24

Happy Thanksgiving! Our verses for this week are Ps. 138:1-8

Hi praying folks,
Happy Thanksgiving! Our verses for this week are Ps. 138:1-8. “I will give You thanks with all my heart; I will sing praise to You before the gods. I will bow down toward Your holy temple and give thanks to Your name for Your loving kindness and Your truth; for You have magnified Your word according to all Your name. On the day I called, You answered me; You made me bold with strength in my soul. All the kings of the earth will give thanks to You, O LORD, when they have heard the words of Your mouth. And they will sing of the ways of the LORD, for great is the glory of the LORD. For though the LORD is exalted, yet He regards the lowly, but the haughty He knows from afar. Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch forth Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and Your right hand will save me. The LORD will accomplish what concerns me; Your loving kindness, O LORD, is everlasting; do not forsake the works of Your hands.”

1. Thank the LORD for His great salvation, and His many other blessings to us.
2. Pray for the peace of Christ to rule in Thanksgiving gatherings, especially in families where people voted differently in the recent election.
3. Thank God for the Church without Shoes prayer meeting. There were three themes: Repentance, Rebirth and a New Season, and Relentless Pursuit of God. Join in praying a few of the prayers that were offered: a. “Forgive us as Your Church for all the things we’ve lusted after and put before You.” “Forgive us for the times we judge other people’s sin and don’t even see our own.” “Forgive us as a body for participating in the anger and derision of this election, and for laying down the weapons of love and gentleness.” b. “We come in agreement and ask for more of You.” “Thank You for choosing us to be reborn; help us have the courage to birth others through the Holy Spirit.” “Dance in the rain, be excited again to talk about the gospel.” “The Lord is bringing a new season, the Spirit of hope and the joy of the LORD in this valley.” c. “Pray the gift of hunger and thirst would be awakened in our valley.” “When we pursue the knowledge of God, You will come like the rain.” “The Bridegroom is coming over the hills. The Bride’s chains are broken when she looks on Him. Dance in the freedom we’re meant for.” “Be bold in joy, in peace, in love.”
4. Angel Tree–Pray for gifts to children of prisoners, that they may know God loves them and is with them. “Prison Fellowship is prayerfully preparing to give a Zonderkidz Adventure Bible to every Angel Tree child who wants one.” Pray for abundant provision of funds for the Bibles.
5. Various churches in our area are participating in Operation Christmas Child, the Giving Tree, gifts for Monument Impact helping the Monument Community, Blessing Bags, donations to CityTeam for holiday meals, toy barrels for BARM, Salvation Army Christmas buckets… Pray for generous hearts and God’s abundant provision. Pray the great love of the Father who sent His Son to die for us will be known through the tangible gifts.
6. Consecration Sunday at FPCC 12/4. Pray people will give their time, talents and treasure for the kingdom of God. Pray God’s Church in downtown Concord will be effective, God’s presence will be known, and lives will be changed.
7. Continue to pray for jobs that fit them for Bill and for James, so they can provide for their families.
8. Christmas Concert at FPCC 12/11 with Cathedral Choir, The Flock, and Carol Sing-Along. Pray for lots of visitors. Pray people will be drawn to the Christ we sing about.
9. Bob, Frontiers–Their motto is, “With love and respect, inviting all Muslim peoples to follow Jesus.” “Frontiers is a Christian ministry that reaches out to Muslims worldwide. Bob currently has the responsibility for sharing the news of Christ in the war-torn areas of the Middle East. Please pray for the key decisions on the deployment and support of missionaries in those areas that Bob has to make on a daily basis. Pray also for the missionary volunteers, for increased church support and additional funding sources, and for wisdom for Bob.”
10. Pray for those who are far from their families during this holiday season, that they will be welcomed into homes and also be part of God’s family.

Thanks for praying! God bless you! Sherri

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