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.