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Several Prayer Needs

I haven’t made many substantial posts here for quite some time. Life and ministry trump blogging. (Shocking, I know.) Anyway, I’d like to ask my friends “out there” to pray with me for several needs:

1. Please pray for Tracy, a dear lady in our church. She and her husband have been believers for quite some time, but have been growing like weeds during the last year. Tracy (who is middle-aged) suffered a stroke yesterday and is now being treated in the Neurology ICU of a Cleveland Hospital. Please pray with us for healing, comfort for her saved family, and the salvation of those in her family who are yet without Christ.

2. Please pray for three young people with whom I have recently been able to share the gospel. I had a tremendous opportunity today to explain Christ’s work to two new friends who found me via the internet, contacted me via email and were in church with us Sunday morning, where they heard a message from I John 1:5-10 on God’s holiness, our sinfulness, and the provision of forgiveness and cleansing through the blood of Christ. They need Christ, and the seed has been planted and watered. I believe that God is working in their lives. Pray that God will mercifully say “let their be light” and open their hearts to the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ (I Cor. 4:1-6)!

3. Please pray for TCBC. We just passed our 9th anniversary, which is hard to believe. It is humbling to consider how the Lord has faithfully built His church by bringing the lost to Christ and Christians to Christlikeness. All of that work has been done without a building of our own—we’ve met for 9 years in a high school auditorium, in community centers, a YMCA, a park pavilion, etc. Our focus has been on ministry, not facility, and we intend to keep it that way. That said, we’re also very eager to move forward with our building project. We own 10 acres next to the high school, and we’re continuing to save and plan. Which brings me to the prayer request…

We’ve been in touch with a foundation that helps church plants by giving them substantial grants to help them get into their first buildings. I’m not at liberty to share more details at this point, but TCBC is on their short list of candidates to help by the end of 2007. Please pray with us that the Lord will move the hearts of the decision-maker to give a gift to our body (Proverbs 21:1). We are confident that the Lord’s will will be done, and our confidence is in Him and not a foundation or individual. We also realize that this need is not nearly as important as the first I mentioned here, much less the second. That said, this could be a great answer to prayer and a momentous “boost” for our ministry.

The prayers of like-minded friends would be greatly appreciated!

Psalm 121:1-2 “I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; From where shall my help come? 2 My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth.”

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7 Responses

  1. Tracy’s husband just called, and her condition has worsened significantly. They’ve given her a special medication to relieve the swelling and dissipate the blood that has pooled in her skull. If it doesn’t work within the hour, they’ll do brain surgery.

    Please pray for the Lord to work immediately. Also, please pray for me as I go to minister to her family.

  2. Praying.

  3. Tracy is in surgery. I’ve had a good opportunity to pray with family and with two other ladies who are here with family members in the neurological ICU (a wife and a mother). In addition to praying for Tracy, pray that the gospel that she loves would shine brightly during this ordeal.

  4. Let the family of TCBC know that our family in the Heartland are praying God’s mercy for Tracy and her family, and for all of these requests.

    May God, indeed, be close to Tracy even at this hour. May he give his mercy and peace to this loving family so well testified to by Pastor Anderson of God’s saving grace. May God give strength to her and her family during this time of heavy burden and challenge, and may God be with Pastor Anderson as he ministers God’s love and mercy to them. Give him strength in his pastoral ministry during this time of trial. May Tracy’s love for Christ, and her family’s witness to the miracle of grace and God’s peace, bring those within her family who know not the Savior to salvation. May God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Amen

  5. Tracy is with the Lord. Thank you for your prayers. It was a shocking turn of events, but one the Lord is using in a variety of ways.

    Please continue praying for Tracy’s family, for the gospel to received by those who have heard and will hear it, and for the TCBC family, which has had a series of difficult losses in the last 7 months.

    We sorrow not as those who have no hope.

  6. Thanks for the update. We have been praying, and will continue praying for all of you.

  7. We continue in prayer for Tracy’s family and the entire TCBC family during this time of loss.

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