Are We Moved in Prayer to Action?
Ever since 2004 when the suffering of orphans became real to Randy and I, we have carried a burden on our hearts to see every single orphan be nurtured in family. Naturally, this burden then extended to those families who were yearning to the depths of their souls with this same longing.
How do I describe the cry in the belly? It's the answer to prayer when we asked God to keep alive inside of us the pain of the orphan who knows no hope. It's the constant reminder of who we were before we knew the saving grace of God. It's a holy ache that we pray everyone in the body of Christ knows and grasps; that compassion be awakened to a full measure of movement of prayer and action to touch the very least. It's the deep love of Jesus who lives inside of us, prompting to become a vessel of His healing on earth as it is heaven.
Lately, the waves of cries feel weightier than ever as families walk this journey feeling the rejection of the world as Christ did when they said YES to the orphan. We are not without hope, and these families are not either- but they do need a support system as the spiritual battle that rages against them is fierce to keep the lie of defeat screaming in their ears.
Friends, I am asking you to join Grace Haven. I am asking you to begin praying as Randy and I do to carry the voice of the voiceless within your heart and let it out to be heard readily with song to heaven and to not fall victim to the hopelessness of LACK and impossibilities that the world provides.
How do we enter in? First, we present ourselves emptied and ready to be filled with the love of God through humble spirits who know all power is through Christ Jesus. Then, we ask to be used to bring what is poured through our vessels to be handed on to the weak who need Him. And we ask to SEE through the lens of compassion who holds not judgment but seeks righteous redemption through forgiveness and grace. Glory be to God!
We are calling on our brothers and sisters to lift up the families who come to us, crying the belly ache not for themselves but as carriers of the Lord's heart for a precious jewel held captive. Near or far, doesn't matter. Let's just love and carry their ache. Ask them how you can help. Rally your life group at church to set up a 24 hour prayer vigil for their family and child. Prayer moves hearts. There is no movement like the move of God.
I want to highlight a few families who are in need of your prayers and if you feel moved to give, than give freely and cheerfully and FAITHFULLY with blessed words of life.
The McDonald Family blog
Immediate $1500 NEED
The Kunkle Family
Dale and Buffey leave JUNE 20th for Ukraine. Please keep them in your prayers as they travel for their first time to a country who is in distress to say the least. Prayers for protection, wisdom, revelation and divine appointments. Please pray that their families here at home would be prepared and bathed in God's grace and peace while they are away.
They are in need of $5,000 still with a short time left before travel. They have $375 more to go towards their $500 matching grant at Grace Haven that goes through Thursday.
Right now, Project TLC is offering a t-shirt fundraising effort for both the Kunkle's and the McDonald's. Just go visit Project TLC T-shirt Fundraiser Details
The Menges Family is in the middle of making fresh strawberry jam to raise funds. This family just touches my heart! They have sowed and prayed and we currently have a $500 matching grant that ends at the end of Thursday at midnight. So far - $0 dollars have been given. Will you please help share their story and link and ask for prayers for the floodgates to open?
The Simmon's Family
They currently have $300 more to go on their $500 matching grant at Grace Haven.
The Johnson Family
has a $500 matching grant at Grace Haven through Thursday and has had $0 donated since the announcement. Please pray for no paperwork hindrances and for His provisions to be poured out generously. Grace abound!
All Grace Haven Families
have prayer need as they travel and await the birth of their child. Please pray for hearts to be prepared to bond and against the spirit of rejection. Pray for Holy Spirit guidance to minister to their children.
Praise God that He uses us, weak ones, to be renewed and to become moving, living vessels with all GLORY to the ONE who does it all.
12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service. 13 Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. 14 The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.
15 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. 16 But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life. 17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen. 1 Timothy 1:12-17