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Pick Up Truck, Mother's Day stories and Prayer Needed!

Dear Friends and Partners:

Need For 2nd Pickup Truck

This is just a quick plea for a need we have in the ministry for getting an additional truck.  If you have a good used small pickup, and would be willing to either donate it, or sell it to us our need is really great.  We don't have a lot of money in our fund to spend, between 2k & 4k.  Of course, it is also ok to donate money to this fund, which would help us get a better truck.  With the summer coming up and all of the teams and subsequent work projects that are already on our schedule we have to have 2 trucks in the field.

Remembering Widows on "Mother's Day"

If you have a story about our church, group or individual that you know of that planned a special event in order to bless mothers who are also widows on "Mother's Day," please share it with us. 

I want to share one such event that I was able to go and personally witness myself.  Pastor Roger Kittle, St. Elmo Ave. Baptist Church, in response to the e-mail I sent out, hosted a dinner at the church on "Mother's Day" for any widowed mothers (or not) who had no place to be on "Mother's Day."  He put the invitation out to the whole St Elmo Neighborhood, his congregation and the widows in Widows Harvest's prayer ministry.  About 20 widows, who had no place to be, were blessed beyond measure by this event.  I myself, who was also blessed to get to personally witness it, was moved beyond words.

Bless you Pastor Kittle for "causing these widows heart's to sing with joy!

Tennessee Special Day of Prayer for Widows

Just wanted to remind everyone to pray for the plight of widows throughout the world on May 15th.  If you are on facebook and have friended us then you received an invitation to pray for widows on May 15.  You can click on this link to see this on our facebook page.  We are not hosting an event in a specific location for prayer, instead, we are asking you to join us in praying wherever you are on May 15th, at 9 am, 12 pm and 3 pm.  You can pray for as long as you want at these times. 

Why 9, 12 and 3?  These are the prayer hours of the day that were being observed by the Jews at the time Jesus was on earth.  All though, they may not hold any significance for us today, on the day that Jesus was put to death all of the events of the day coincided with these prayer hours.  Jesus was crucified at the 3rd hour of the day (9 am, the 1st prayer hour, Mark 15:25).  At the 6th hour (12 pm, the 2nd prayer hour, Mark 15:33), that is when God turned away from Jesus.  Finally, at the 9th hour (3 pm, the 3rd prayer hour, Mark 15:34), Jesus gives up his ghost and dies.

Attention is also called to these specific times of prayer in the Book of Acts.  It was at the time of the 1st prayer hour that "Pentecost" occurs (Acts 2:15).  At the time of the 2nd prayer hour (Acts 10:9) is when Peter goes up on the roof top to pray and God gives him a vision of sheet "let down to earth" and through this vision tells Peter that what had been considered to be unclean was now clean.  Meaning, of course, that the Gospel was now to be extended to the gentiles.  During the 3rd prayer hour there are actually 3 references to it in the book of Acts.  The first one is in Acts 3:1 where Peter and John are going to the Temple to gather with others for prayer and they encounter the beggar who was begging for alms.  The second and third reference both have to do with Peter and Cornelius.  In Acts 10:3 Cornelius, a gentile, is praying at the time of the 3rd prayer hour when an angel of God comes to him and tells him to send a messenger to bring Peter to him.  Finally, the third reference to this 3rd prayer hour is when Peter arrives at Cornelius's house and scripture tells us that it occurs at the same hour of the day that Cornelius had been praying when God told him to go and bring Peter to him (Acts 10:30).

If you will be joining us in prayer on this day (wherever you are) please send us an email and let us know.  Our specific prayer focus will be to pray James 1:27

Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, to keep oneself unspotted from the world," (Darby Translation).

Praying this, I believe serves the dual purpose of both praying that widows will be cared for by God's people and at the same time will give rise to the condition of the "Church" being the "pure and undefiled" bride that God desires her to be.  Win Win!

Thy Kingdom Come,

andy mendonsa



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