Prayer requests for In His Hand

This post is made up entirely of prayer requests for the work of In His Hand.
  • I need wisdom and guidance as I work on a prayer project for the ministry in our community.  As most of you know, I am really quite good at imagining God-sized projects. I am not so good at working out the practical steps along the way. I need to stay focused, and I especially need to conquer in my life-long battle with procrastination.  I welcome your quick inquires about my progress via email (or even via comment on the blog, if you dare!).  During my time with Campus Life (late 70s, early 80s) I heard Ron Hutchcraft say “Accountability is the key to Christian growth.” It was true then; it’s true now.  And being accountable to you will help me to move forward with a project that has no external deadlines or pressure. Unfortunately (for a chronic procrastinator) I am free to work at my own pace.
  • Please ask God to prosper my work on the website too.  Yesterday I realized how the Lord brought me to a place where I am even contemplating building a website without professional assistance.  It is an unexpected blessing from my adventure in cyberspace.  The things I was told I must do to publish held no appeal until I thought how I could use the knowledge I gained to promote In His Hand rather than my novel.  It’s both a comfort and an encouragement to know that when I was forced into the wilderness of the World Wide Web, God already had a plan for me to use the experience for ministry.
  • Once the website is up and running, and we begin to build a network of people who are interested in a plan for natural, God-glorifying healthcare, we will quickly need a new board of directors. Those of us who hold the positions now are ready to relinquish them at a moment’s notice. With the possible exception of Eric, we were all out of our comfort zones.  We did what we had to do to make the vision of In His Hand legal under our federal bureaucracy, but now we need people who know how to carry that vision into really.   Ask the Lord to raise up leaders for In His Hand. (Be sure to let me know if anyone comes to mind for the task, or if you are willing to volunteer, just tell me.)
  • And speaking of our federal bureaucracy—thanks to the 2006 Pension Protection Act, In His Hand lost its tax-exempt status.  We had no employees and no income, so we didn’t realize that we still had to file with the IRS.   Since the IRS didn’t notify us until it was too late to correct our oversight, we had to reapply. We are now waiting to hear that we have been reinstated.  Pray that our re-application is approved quickly and without further complications.

That’s it for now.  Once again, as I did so many times during my thirty months in Texas, I thank my God at every remembrance of you all. It is an immeasurable blessing to know I can turn to you whenever I need prayer support.

Grammas’ Guide to Talking to God Together

For the past several weeks I’ve neglected Grammas’ Guide to the Universe while I explored cyberspace.  I’ve learned about blogging, using social media, and building websites, and soon I will use that knowledge to promote In His Hand Ministries. But today I am compelled to write.

My cancer treatments in Texas from January 2009 to July 2011 held many valuable lessons, some I understand well, some I still wonder about. But one lesson was unmistakably clear. God called me to write, and I am only at peace when I do what He called me to do.

My burden today tells me that God wants me to write about prayer until He lifts that burden. Writing, however, is no more than a tool to accomplish a far greater goal. God isn’t just calling me to write about prayer, He is calling me to pray with you. He is calling all His children to talk to Him together.

I am primarily addressing my family, friends, neighbors—the women and men who already support In His Hand Ministries, the people I can meet face to face throughout the week to seek the Lord’s direction for His work in our community.  But I made a wonderful discovery in cyberspace: God uses Twitter to connect intercessors around the world. That means that so friends I can only meet electronically are welcome to continue reading.

Building In His Hand’s website gave me a much-needed review of our six ministries. Together Gramma’s House, Wisdom Walk, Hurt Not the Earth, First Love, Perfect in One, and Mountain by Mountain weave a tapestry to cover our lives. On paper IHH succeeds in describing a community where the church is faithful in all things.

But it’s a long, long way from describing our ministries to seeing them manifest in reality.

Our vision is totally audacious:

  • In His Hand envisions the local church working together in the unity of our faith to show the world the love of God for His children. We see all our routine activities of daily living transformed by that love so that even eating and drinking glorify God.

Our mission is absolutely colossal:

  • In His Hand exists to promote the spiritual well-being and physical health of everyone in the local community by aiding individuals, families, and voluntary associations to develop, establish, and network any resource, business, ministry, or cooperative organization that contributes to that goal.

I feel overwhelmed by the scope of the ministry until I remember that our Lord specializes in the impossible.  The impossible is simply His normal part in each assignment He gives. Our part is to obey, do the possible, and trust Him for all else. And our trust begins in prayer.

This post is an open invitation for you to join Grammas’ Guide to Talking to God Together. If you look at the menu under “Talking with God” you will see that I’ve already started collecting resources for a community adventure in prayer. I will add create a page just for books, links, videos etc. that you want to recommend as well.

My the next post will offer specific requests so we can immediately begin to pray in one accord. If there is anything you want me to add, tell me, and I’ll be happy to do it.

I look forward to watching the Lord move among in power and love as we learn to take every opportunity to meet together at His throne of grace.